Three men nabbed and 'Chinese tea' worth RM1.4mil seized in drug raid by Johor police

JOHOR BARU: Police have arrested three men, including an Indonesian, for alleged drug trafficking and seized about 30kg of syabu worth RM1.4mil disguised as Chinese tea in Kota Tinggi.

Two of the suspects were arrested as they waited for a boat at Pantai Batu Layar during a police raid at 7.15pm Sunday (Dec 6) and another was held on Monday (Dec 7) at about 2.30am in Bandar Penawar, said Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.

“The two were waiting in a car, which was inspected and found to have three plastic jerry cans containing drugs in Chinese tea packaging.

"A follow-up arrest was made the next day," he said.

The suspects are aged from 33 to 46 years old and a total of 31.25kg of syabu worth RM1.4mil was seized, he added.

"We believe that they are part of a drug syndicate that's active in Indonesia as the drugs were set to be transported there by boat,” he told a press conference at the Johor Police Contingent Headquarters here on Tuesday (Dec 8).

Comm Ayob revealed that the group had concealed the drugs in plastic jerry cans to avoid inspection before their destination in Indonesia.

“The plastic cans are usually used to store gasoline for the boat so the trio, who acted as the syndicate runners, thought they could get away with it by carving a hole below the cans and storing the drugs inside," he said.

The group, he said, had wanted to deliver the drugs in March and April but coud not carry out their plan due to the movement control order.

He said the police are also not ruling out the possibility of the group's links with other drug syndicates in Johor.

The police have also confiscated a Honda Civic worth RM40,000.

Comm Ayob said urine tests done on the suspects revealed that two of them were positive of methamphetamine and two of them have criminal records.

The three were remanded from Dec 7 to 13 to help in investigation under Section 39B and Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for drug trafficking and consumption.

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