SHAH ALAM: Bukit Aman has crippled a ketamine processing laboratory and an international drug distribution syndicate with the seizure of drugs worth RM17.55mil.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said a total of seven operations were carried out on April 20 and 21, targeting the drug distribution syndicate which was active in the Klang Valley.
“The syndicate is believed to have procured the drugs through an illegal jetty in Kelantan and used containers and parcels to smuggle the drugs out by air and sea.
“During the raids, nine suspects, aged between 24 and 46, were arrested while 134kg of heroin base and 104kg of syabu worth RM15.2mil were seized.
“Initial investigations showed the syndicate has been active since February this year, ” he told reporters at the state police headquarters yesterday.
Also present were Bukit Aman Narcotic Crime Investigations Department director Comm Datuk Razarudin Husain and Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed.
Acryl Sani said police also seized assets worth RM881,353 belonging to the syndicate including eight cars, two motorcycles, jewellery and cash, and frozen five bank accounts.
On the second success, the Deputy IGP said eight suspects, aged between 26 and 47, involved in the drug processing laboratory in Rawang were arrested on April 20.
“We seized 22.01kg of ketamin and 37.15kg of liquid, believed to be ketamin worth RM2.35mil.
“An assortment of chemicals and equipment used to process the drugs were also seized, ” he said, adding that assets, including two cars and two motorcycles, worth RM126,100 were seized
Between January and April this year, police have crippled 92 drug syndicates and seized more than 12 tonnes of drugs worth RM343mil.
“For the whole of last year, we crippled 305 syndicates with the seizure of 14 tonnes of drugs worth RM405mil, ” said Acryl Sani.
He added that there were 121,828 drug-related cases involving 146,045 arrests for the whole of last year as compared to 26,823 cases and 32,301 arrests for the first four months of this year.