GOMBAK: More than RM200,00 worth of drugs were seized and 11 people arrested in seven raids carried out in Rawang and Bukit Beruntung.
Bukit Aman Narcotic Crimes Investigation Department (NCID) director Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said seven locations were raided, including a cattle barn in Kampung Timah, Bukit Beruntung, which was used as a drug processing lab.
"Among those arrested was a 'chemist' for the syndicate along with the mastermind of the operation.
"Initial investigations revealed that the chemist learnt from other inmates during his time in prison on how to produce drugs," he told reporters at the Gombak police district headquarters on Wednesday (Nov 27).
The syndicate chose to operate their drug lab at a barn in the outskirts in an attempt to evade the authorities, he said.
Some 44.77kg of drugs, including heroin, worth RM222,960 were seized during the operation conducted between 12.20pm and 9.40pm on Tuesday, he said.
"We also seized chemicals and other ingredients used to produce the drugs.
"We believe that the syndicate could have operated for another five months if their operation had not been busted," said Comm Mohd Khalil.
Those arrested - aged between 34 and 53 - have been remanded until Dec 3.
"This latest success marked the 17th drug lab raided and shut down this year.
"We are continuously targeting drug labs all over the country to ensure that the drugs do not reach their intended market," he added.
On another matter, Comm Mohd Khalil said 334 drug pushers were detained nationwide on Tuesday during the latest stage of a special operation codenamed Ops Damn Tokan.
"This brings the total number of drug pushers arrested since the operation started to 1,804.
"We are serious in going against the pushers to cut the drug supply chain," he said.
NCID would work tirelessly to ensure that the country was not used as a transit point or base for drug syndicates, said Comm Mohd Khalil said.