KUALA LUMPUR: The arrest of an e-hailing driver and seizure of 1.68g of syabu led police to unravel a drug and illegal online gambling syndicate.
Police seized 14kg of syabu and 205g of ecstasy in subsequent raids and arrested 18 syndicate members.
Bukit Aman Narcotic Crimes Investigation Department (NCID) director Comm Datuk Ramli Din said the e-hailing driver was detained at a roadblock in Sungai Besi on April 12.
"When questioned, the driver revealed that the sender was a man named John and the package was meant for a man in Salak Selatan. We raided the location and arrested three men and three women. We discovered that the syndicate was also running an illegal online gambling business.
"We seized two laptops, four monitors, 16 sim cards and nine mobile phones" he told a press conference in Bukit Aman on Friday (April 17).
Police followed up on this by tracking down the sender of the package. It led NCID officers to a condominium in Puchong, where two men and two women were detained.
"We seized 0.6g of methamphetamine from the premises. The four detained tested positive for methamphetamine," he said.
The suspects, in turn, led cops to their supplier in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, where two men were arrested and 102g of syabu seized, Comm Ramli said.
"Subsequently, the arrests led police to raid locations in Puchong, Wangsa Melawati and Taman Gembira in Kuala Lumpur.
"We arrested the remaining syndicate members, including two women. We believe we managed to bring down the drug trafficking network of this syndicate," he said.
Comm Ramli said efforts were still underway to identify the remaining syndicate members.
"There is a disturbing new trend of drug users purchasing and consuming several kinds of drugs, instead of focusing on one. We are monitoring the matter closely and will bring the syndicates down," he said.