KUANTAN: Police say they have busted a drug syndicate that has been operating across two states with the arrest of five suspects, all related to one another, and the seizure of more than RM90,000 worth of drugs.
Pahang deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said two men and a woman, aged 19 to 48, were arrested in front of a fast food restaurant in Bera at about 9am on April 6.
"We found 1,037.18gm of methamphetamine and 4,579.34gm of heroin in their car. One suspect tested positive for marijuana and the other two, methamphetamine.
"Two of the suspects also have prior drug and criminal records," he told a press conference here on Monday (April 12).
Investigations into the arrests and drug seizure led police to raid a house in Ipoh, Perak, where two men, aged 26 and 40, were caught at about 7.45pm, also on April 6.
The two suspects also had drug and criminal records. One of them tested positive for morphine, DCP Mohd Yusri added.
He said equipment believed to be used for processing drugs was found in the house along with 353gm of heroin and 2,690gm of caffeine powder.
All the suspects, who are locals and related to each other, were remanded for seven days.
The total value of the drugs seized was estimated at RM91,717. Police also seized some jewellery worth about RM1,500, said DCP Mohd Yusri.
"Our investigations showed this syndicate obtained the heroin and methamphetamine from the north of the country to be distributed in Bera, Temerloh and Maran. The total amount of drugs seized could have been distributed to some 17,318 addicts.
"With these arrests, police have crushed a drug syndicate spearheaded by locals," said DCP Mohd Yusri.