JOHOR BARU: Police busted a syndicate specialising in hiding drugs in modified fire extinguishers before smuggling them via refrigerated lorries into Singapore.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said nine people were arrested by the state Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) following several raids in the city.
The raids were based on the shared information between the Singapore's Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), Bukit Aman NCID, and Johor police.
“The raid was conducted from 1.20pm to 2pm Sunday (May 30) at several locations around Johor Baru, where we have arrested seven local men, one Indonesian man, and a local woman.
“All suspects are aged from 26 to 40, ” he said in a statement here on Tuesday (June 1).
He added that one of the suspects was positive for methamphetamine, and background checks revealed that three of the suspects have criminal records.
“Investigations revealed that the syndicate's modus operandi is hiding the drugs in modified fire extinguishers before placing them on a lorry carrying ice for Singapore, ” he said, adding that the group have been operating for the past three months.
Comm Ayob also said the operation has managed to seize 7.12kg of cannabis, 4.52kg of syabu, and 3.11kg of heroin, all with a street value of RM215,283.20.
He added that police also seized eight cars worth RM172,000, RM1,200 in cash, and various jewellery items worth RM11,693.
The suspects are currently under remand for a week starting May 31 to help with investigations under Section 39B and Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.