GEORGE TOWN: Police seized 623.76kg of syabu worth RM22.46mil following the arrest of a 23-year-old Indonesian and four local men.
Bukit Aman Narcotic Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Razarudin Husain said it marks the largest seizure of syabu in the country during the last five years.
"A patrol unit spotted an Indonesian man driving a lorry at Jalan Kebun Bukit Nenas, Bukit Mertajam at about 2am on Feb 25.
"Checks on the lorry revealed 495 packs of syabu weighing 511.95kg inside.
"Another 101 packs of syabu worth RM3.84mil was found hidden in a special compartment under its cargo area.
"The suspect then led the police to a condominium nearby where five more packs of syabu weighing 4.9kg worth RM176,220 were found.
"Johor police then arrested three local men in Kulai and Seri Alam to facilitate investigation into the case.
"The next day, a local was arrested in Sungai Buloh" he told a press conference at the state police headquarters (IPK) in Penang Road Monday. (March 1)
Comm Razarudin said that all suspects including the four local men aged between 27 to 51 years old have been remanded between six and seven days.
He said police are also tracking down two other suspects who fled the scene when the patrol unit detained the Indonesian suspect.
The drugs are believed to have entered the country from Kelantan and on its way for distribution locally and to Indonesia, he added.
After the press conference, Comm Razarudin awarded two police corporals with certificates each in recognition of their accomplishments in detecting the drugs in the lorry during their patrol.
They are Cpl Simon Pasang Anak Kana and Cpl Mohd Shahilmi Shadan.