JOHOR BARU: Police have busted a drug-manufacturing syndicate with the arrest of 15 people and seized various types of drugs and vehicles worth RM131mil during a series of raids that were conducted here.
Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Razarudin Husain said police conducted 16 raids between Jan 9 and 10 and arrested eight men and seven women, aged between 17 and 62.
The police also raided four houses where two had been used for storage and the other two to manufacture drugs.
“All arrested suspects are locals, and we have also arrested the syndicate leader, who is a 30-year-old man. Investigations also revealed that this syndicate has been active since early last year.
“The confiscated drugs include 72.6kg syabu worth RM3mil, 12.8kg ecstasy powder worth RM768,420,5.4kg ganja worth RM136,000,3.7mil Erimin 5 pills worth RM55mil, 397,905 ecstasy pills worth RM7.1mil, 8.5kg mango juice worth RM513,180 and 969.1kg of powder believed to be drugs worth RM58mil, ” he said, adding that the confiscated drugs are worth RM125mil.
He said this during a press conference at the Johor Police Contingent Headquarters Tuesday (Jan 12).
He added that police have also confiscated six machines that were used to manufacture and package the drugs.
“The machinery has the capability of producing more than 300,000 pills within three days.
“Drugs such as ketamine are smuggled from India and Pakistan, but due to the movement control order (MCO), these syndicates have tried to manufacture these drugs locally, due to the high demand, ” he said adding that all drugs confiscated could be used to sustain about 5.4 million drug addicts.
Police also confiscated personal belongings including 13 vehicles worth RM1.6mil, cash worth RM2.2mil, foreign currency worth RM284,939, and jewellery worth RM1.2mil.
All suspects are currently under remand from Jan 10 until 16. The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the death penalty upon conviction.
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