KUALA LUMPUR: Drug syndicates are resorting to new tactics in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, including using courier and food delivery services, selling online and hosting private parties.
Bukit Aman Narcotic Crime Investigation Department (NCID) director Comm Datuk Razarudin Husain (pic) said despite the implementation of the movement control order, conditional MCO and recovery MCO, drug syndicates had adopted such new tactics.
"Drug syndicates using courier services are on the rise. They would hide the drugs underneath items to mask their activities.
"We arrested 103 people using this tactic last year while there have been four arrests so ar this year," he said in a statement on Thursday (Feb 18).
Using food delivery services or e-hailing seemed to be another favourite of the syndicates, he added.
"The drugs would be hidden inside the food packages in a bid to evade authorities.
"We have arrested 39 individuals using this method since last year," he said.
Comm Razarudin said organising private parties was also popular among drug syndicates as entertainment outlets were not allowed to operate since last year.
"A total of 1,135 individuals have been arrested for being involved in private parties since the MCO was implemented in March last year.
"The syndicates would distribute the drugs at the parties," he said.
Some syndicates would also resort to using lorries transporting essential items to distribute drugs beyond state borders, Comm Razarudin said.
"Somehow, they were able to place the drugs among the essential items being transported," he added.
Selling drugs online had also been a favoured mode for the syndicates, he said.
Comm Razarudin said the NCID had always been on top of things in detecting tactics used by the syndicates.
"Gathering intelligence and surveillance is being conducted consistently to curb the drug menace.
"Combating the drug menace is always our top priority," he said.