The syndicate suffered another blow when 16 of its members were nabbed following several raids in Kajang and Cheras on Saturday.
Fourteen of the detained were China nationals, including three women.
Acting on a tip-off, a Bukit Aman anti-vice, gambling and secret societies division (D7) team led by principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din raided a condominium unit in Bandar Tun Hussein Onn in Kajang at 2pm.
Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed said eight China nationals aged between 22 and 28 were detained, with two laptops, 15 mobile phones and two worksheets seized.
“We believe the unit was used as a call centre to promote prostitution to customers in China,” he said.
The syndicate might have operated other scams as well, he added.
Further investigations led Bukit Aman D7 personnel to a house in Cheras several hours later, Comm Huzir said.
“We found about RM2.5mil kept in several bags in different rooms.
“We believe the money could have been used for money laundering activities and we will investigate further,” he said, adding that six China nationals were detained with two locals during the raid.
He said three laptops, four mobile phones and drugs were also seized.
“We also found several applications for cryptocurrency on the seized laptops,” Comm Huzir said.
Investigations showed that the syndicate had been operating for about two months and “customers” in China were targeted, he said.
Comm Huzir said the two Malaysians detained were believed to be acting as coordinators for the syndicate.
“We believe they were tasked with finding premises for the call centres and lodging for the syndicate members.
“They could also have been tasked with handling the logistics,” he said.
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