JOHOR BARU: Not unlike the fictional character Walter White from the American hit crime series Breaking Bad, a local chemist here has allegedly been using his knowledge to process and then sell illicit drugs.
Unlike White, who manufactured methamphetamine, the 36-year-old suspect processed and sold heroin, earning as much as RM10,000 a month for over a year.
His foray into dealing in heroin came to an abrupt end when police raided a house located within a gated and guarded residential area in Iskandar Puteri, at around 2.30pm on March 23.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the suspect had been working with a drug syndicate.
“The syndicate has been renting the house for about a year, and they turned it into a drug lab to manufacture heroin, ” he said at the state police headquarters here yesterday.
He said police seized 57.83kg of heroin, 4.53kg of heroin base, and 77.7kg of caffeine used to process the haul, worth RM1.08mil, at the house.
“Following his arrest, police also carried out raids in various locations not only within Iskandar Puteri but also at Temerloh in Pahang and Batu Gajah in Perak, ” he added.
He added that the raids in Temerloh and Batu Gajah led to the arrests of two female suspects, aged 34 and 35.
All three, he said, tested negative for drugs and had no prior records.
Comm Ayob added that besides the drugs, along with equipment and tools in making the illegal substance, police also seized five cars, a motorcycle, RM16,430 in cash, seven pieces of jewellery, 25 watches, and 15 bank accounts that had RM473,283.
“The house in Iskandar Puteri was the syndicate’s main operations centre, while the drugs seized could feed the addiction of up to 189,530 addicts, ” he said.
Comm Ayob also said police were in the midst of looking for the husbands of the two women who were nabbed.
The men, 37 and 41 years old, are believed to be part of the syndicate, he added.
“One of the men is a member of a secret society and has been arrested for organised crime, ” he said.
On another matter, Comm Ayob said police had new leads in relation to the Datuk Seri who is allegedly involved in commercial crimes.
He said one of two suspects wanted in relation to the case has been nabbed, but declined to elaborate.
Last Thursday, police said they were tracking down a former deputy public prosecutor who is tied to the Datuk Seri, linked to a series of commercial crimes, including money laundering.
Police have so far arrested 92 suspects in connection with this syndicate, with 40 of them being placed under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012.
The Datuk Seri, who is allegedly involved in commercial crimes, was linked to the assault of three Rela personnel during a temple celebration in Kuala Lumpur in October 2017.