Tip-off leads to crippling of drug syndicate

KUALA LUMPUR: The arrest of an e-hailing driver and seizure of 1.68g of syabu led police to unravel the network of a drug and illegal online gambling syndicate.

Police also 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 caught at a roadblock in Sungai Besi on April 12.

“The driver revealed the package was sent by a man named John to a man in Salak Selatan.

“We raided the location and arrested three men and three women. We discovered the syndicate was also running an illegal online gambling business, ” he said yesterday.

Investigation eventually led NCID officers to a condominium in Puchong, where two men and two women were detained, he added.

“We seized drugs from the premises and the four detained tested positive, ” Comm Ramli said.

Those detained led cops to their supplier in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, where two men were arrested and 102g of syabu seized, he said.

“The arrests led police to raid various locations in Kuala Lumpur, where we arrested the remaining syndicate members, ” he said.

In another case, a lecturer was among three people detained for ordering drugs, Comm Ramli said.

He said in the incident a Grab Food rider had asked the police to inspect his packages when stopped at a roadblock in Jalan Rakyat on April 15.

“Four transparent plastic packets filled with 4g of syabu were found. The rider claimed that he received the package from a European man, to be delivered to a man in Bangsar, ” he said.

Further investigation led police to track down and detain the lecturer in Bangsar, he added.

“The lecturer led police to the supplier of the drugs in Jalan Imbi.

“We detained a Portugese man and a local woman as well as seized various drugs, ” Comm Ramli said.

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