GEORGE TOWN: Penang marine police scored their biggest haul this year with the seizure of drugs worth RM9.49mil and the arrest of five men.
Penang police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said three Malaysians and two Indonesians were picked up in four different locations during the two-day operation that began last Wednesday.
He said 263.7kg of syabu, wrapped in 245 plastic packages, were found in two places – a fibre boat berthed in Sungai Keluang, Bayan Lepas and a car parked near the river.
Also seized were four vehicles worth RM104,000, jewellery worth RM52,000 and RM30,950 in cash.
“We believe the syndicate had used Penang as a transit point, smuggling the drugs in from a neighbouring country before shipping them out to Aceh, Indonesia.
“Initial investigation showed this syndicate was active for only about two months. This is the biggest haul for Penang police so far this year.
“The supply could support the habits of 1.32 million drug users, ” he told a press conference at the state police headquarters yesterday.
It is believed that drug smuggling is now being carried out at sea due to the tight movement control order security checks on land.
Comm Sahabudin said the two Indonesians aged 29 and 33 were detained during a routine state border patrol codenamed Ops Benteng on Wednesday.
“We found them in a fibre boat off Teluk Tempoyak, Batu Maung.
“They were then handed over to the Penang marine intelligence unit for further investigations after failing to produce any identification documents, ” he said.
Comm Sahabudin said interrogation of the foreigners led police to a fishing hut near Sungai Keluang in Bayan Lepas last Thursday.
“We discovered a fibre boat with 130 golden-coloured plastic packages believed to be syabu.
“Another 115 packages were found in a car parked near the hut.
“We also arrested a 55-year-old man, who is unemployed and tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine.
“He also has a record of 11 previous drug and gambling-related offences, ” he said.
Police also detained a fisherman at his house in Sungai Ara, Bayan Lepas, and a 57-year-old boat repair workshop owner in Kuala Juru, Batu Kawan.
Comm Sahabudin said the fisherman tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine, and had a record of two previous drug-related offences.
The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952.
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