JOHOR BARU: Police here recorded their biggest drug haul so far, seizing more than RM201mil worth of drugs following raids at three different locations in Mount Austin and Taman Setia Indah.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said two local suspects aged between 34 and 38 were also arrested
“The raids on Thursday (Jan 14) and Friday (Jan 15) were part of a follow-up investigation following a drug bust between Jan 9 and 10 which led to the arrest of 15 suspects.
“Four of the 15 suspects informed the police about the locations where they stored the drugs, which led us to one factory and two houses, which the syndicate had been renting since 2018 to carry out its drug activities, ” he added.
Comm Ayob was speaking at a press conference held at the state police headquarters here on Sunday (Jan 17).
He added that the items that were seized included 3.2 tonnes of Ecstasy powder worth RM192mil, 26.1kg of liquid Ecstasy worth RM939,600, and 117kg of Eramin 5 powder worth RM8.7mil.
Comm Ayob said besides the chemical products, police also seized various machines and tools used by the syndicate as well as four vehicles worth RM960,000.
He added that the machines and tools were imported from China, including the raw materials for producing the drugs, which could last for about three years.
Comm Ayob said the factory which the syndicate used has a license to store machinery.
“We also seized RM5.8mil in cash including various foreign currencies amounting to RM231,961, about 30 pieces of jewellery worth RM124,435 and three Rolex watches worth RM250,000.
“Police also seized 64 bank accounts belonging to the syndicate amounting to more than RM1.23mil, ” he said adding that the total seizure from the syndicate was more than RM341mil.
He also added that the syndicate was able to supply drugs to more than 11 million drug addicts and the police had not ruled out the possibility that the syndicate also smuggled their drugs overseas.
Comm Ayob said the suspects were being remanded until Jan 20 to assist with the investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act.
On Tuesday, police 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 confiscated drugs included 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.
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