Cops score major drug haul

JOHOR BARU: He is unemployed, yet this 34-year-old man owns several luxurious cars, including a flashy black Lamborghini worth RM960,000.

Tracking down the man and his accomplice, Johor police scored a major drug haul of over RM201mil in narcotics, the biggest in Malaysia in less than three weeks into the new year.

Overall, the total value of seizure came up to a staggering RM341mil.

State police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the first suspect was arrested in Taman Mount Austin here at around 5.20pm on Thursday.

“He is unemployed, yet he is able to own several luxurious cars, ” he told reporters at the Johor police headquarters here yesterday.

The arrest led police to his accomplice, a 38-year-old mechanic, whose skills include allegedly building hidden compartments in cars to store drugs. He was arrested at around 2.30pm on Saturday in Taman Gaya.

Comm Ayob said the arrests as well as raids at a factory and two rented houses in Mount Austin and Taman Setia Indah here on Thursday and Friday were part of a follow-up investigation into a drug syndicate that recently saw the detention of 15 suspects.

Four of those detained subsequently told police about the premises the syndicate had been renting since 2018 to store the drugs.

“Initially, the syndicate only produced drugs such as ketamine and ecstasy but now, they are changing their operation to produce Eramine 5, ” said Comm Ayob.

Among the items seized during the raids were 3.2 tonnes of ecstasy powder worth RM192mil, 26.1kg of liquid ecstasy worth RM939,600 and 117kg of Eramine 5 powder worth RM8.7mil.

Also seized were various machines and tools used by the syndicate as well as four vehicles, including the Lamborghini.

The machines, tools and the raw materials to produce the drugs were all imported from China, said Comm Ayob.

“The raw materials can last for about three years.

“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.

“Sixty-four bank accounts belonging to the syndicate were frozen with over RM1.23mil in total, ” he said, adding that the overall value of seizure came up to more than RM341mil.

The syndicate, said Comm Ayob, was capable of pumping drugs to over 11 million drug addicts, adding that police had not ruled out the possibility that it was smuggling this overseas.

All the suspects are remanded until Wednesday to assist with investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Last week, police announced that they had busted a drug-manufacturing syndicate with the arrests of 15 people. Various types of drugs and vehicles worth RM131mil were seized in a series of 16 raids between Jan 9 and 10.

Aged between 17 and 62, those arrested included seven women.

The confiscated drugs include 72.6kg syabu worth RM3mil, 12.8kg ecstasy powder worth RM768,420,5.4kg ganja worth RM136,000,3.7mil Eramine 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.

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