GEORGE TOWN: Penang police have severed a major drug pipeline with a seizure worth RM8.14mil, the largest bust in the state this year.
The 133.3kg of methamphetamine (RM5.97mil), 20.7kg of ketamine (RM1.14mil) and 11.1kg of heroin base (RM1.03mil) could have supported the habits of one million users.
Penang police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said six people, including the mastermind, his Thai wife and his mother, were arrested during a five-hour operation which began at 4.30am on Thursday.
He said the suspects, aged between 28 and 59, were picked up in Sungai Nibong, Bayan Lepas and Balik Pulau.
“We believe the drugs were transported into the country via Sintok in Kedah, ” he said at the state police headquarters yesterday.
In the first raid in Sungai Nibong, Comm Sahabudin said the 35-year-old mastermind and another accomplice were behaving suspiciously in a car.
He said the duo were believed to be on their way to meet buyers as there were drugs in the car.
He added that following the first arrest, police detained another two men in Sungai Nibong and Bayan Lepas.
The premises in Sungai Nibong had been converted into a drug store.
Comm Sahabudin said the last two suspects – the mastermind’s mother, 59, and wife, 28 – were picked up at a house in Balik Pulau.
“All of them are under remand until Nov 25. Two of them, aged 38 and 39, have multiple criminal records. We also seized three vehicles worth RM36,300 and cash worth RM2,100 under the Dangerous Drugs Act (Forfeiture of Property) 1988, ” he said.