Raids in four states net 182kg of drugs worth RM10mil, bust two syndicates

Datuk Ramli Din at a press conference on Tuesday. -Bernamapic

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 182kg of drugs worth about RM10mil were seized following raids in four states, says Comm Datuk Ramli Din.

The Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) director said police also busted two drug syndicates, which catered to those in Sarawak and surrounding areas, with the arrest of 14 people, including two police personnel — an assistant superintendent and a sub-inspector.

He said the suspects, aged between 26 and 58, were detained following operations codenamed "Ops Nutcracker" in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Sarawak from July 1 to July 6.

"During the operation, we managed to uncover a drug processing lab on the outskirts of Batang Kali on July 6.

"The lab had been in operation since September last year. It was able to produce 70,000 erimin 5 pills worth RM1mil at any one time.

"The lab processed erimin 5 pills three to five times each week;" Comm Ramli told a press conference on Tuesday (July 7).

Police also seized 440kg precursor chemicals and 13 large equipment, including a one-tonne machine, to produce drugs, Comm Ramli said.

The drugs seized from various raids were 424,500 Erimin 5 pills, 63kg syabu and 12kg ketamine, he added.

"The drugs could have been supplied to 580,000 drug addicts.

"We also seized RM1.07mil of the syndicates' assets, including RM703,000 in cash, nine cars and four luxury wrist watches," he said.

Comm Ramli said the syndicate would hire drug mules from Sarawak and bring them to Kuala Lumpur.

"The drug rules would be placed at luxury hotels where the packaging for the drugs were done in baggages.

"The drug mules would then fly back to Sarawak and distribute the drugs, he added.

The syndicate would pack the drugs in food packaging such as cereals and powdered drinks such as Milo, he added.

"It is an attempt to fool the authorities, but we have gathered sufficient intelligence to thwart them.

"The syndicates have managed to make 28 trips, and each trip consisted of one to three drug mules," Comm Ramli said.

The syndicates catered to the drug markets in Sarawak, Brunei and Indonesia, he added.

The NCID will continue to combat the drug menace and detain those in cahoots with the syndicates, including police personnel, Comm Ramli vowed.

"We won't compromise in taking stern action against any individual, including police personnel, who are involved with the syndicates. They are the enemy within.

"I am not ruling out the possibility that more police personnel will be detained if they are involved in drug trafficking," he said.

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