Three nabbed in PJ for trafficking ketum water

  • Nation
  • Monday, 06 Jul 2020

PETALING JAYA: Three men were detained for producing and trafficking ketum water in the district.

In the first case, acting on a tip-off, police raided a double-storey terrace house in Taman Medan around 3.30pm on Sunday (July 5).

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said a 55-year-old man was detained at the house.

"We also checked a van owned by the suspect and seized 235 bottles filled with what is believed to be ketum water.

"The 352,500ml of ketum water worth around RM4,700 could have supplied 1,880 people," he told a press conference on Monday (July 6).

Several equipment were also seized, including two gas tanks and two pots believed to have been used to produce ketum water, he added.

"Initial investigations revealed that the man had been selling ketum water in Taman Medan for about two years.

"The suspect has been remanded until Thursday (July 9).

"He has a record for selling 120 bottles of ketum water last year," ACP Nik Ezanee said.

In the second case, police raided another house in Section 17 here at 10.30pm the same day and detained two men aged 24 and 26.

"We seized 45,000ml of ketum water, as well as 2kg of ketum leaves that have not been processed.

"We also seized several bottles of cough syrup. We believe the suspects are mixing the cough syrup with the ketum water," ACP Nik Ezanee said.

The suspects were catering to the people in Taman Medan and Sea Park for around two to four months, he added.

"Several equipment to produced ketum water were also seized during the raid.

"The ketum water seized could have supplied 240 people," he said.

Police will dig further on how the suspects managed to purchase large quantities of cough syrup from a pharmacy, he added.

ACP Nik Ezanee said the two cases were not related but the suspects are believed to have gotten supplies of ketum leaves from Perak and Kedah.

"They are selling ketum water packed into 1litre-bottles for about RM20 each.

"We will investigate further," he said.

ACP Nik Ezanee urged the public, especially civil servants not to get involved in drug-related offences.

He also praised the cooperation shown by the public on relaying pertinent information to the police.

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