JOHOR BARU: Police have busted a drug-smuggling syndicate specialising in hiding their goods in modified fire extinguishers that were then transported by refrigerated lorries into Singapore.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said nine suspects were also
arrested by the Johor Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) following several raids in the city.
He added that the success was based on shared information between the Singapore Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), Bukit Aman NCID, and the Johor police contingent.
“The raid was conducted between 1.20pm and 2pm on Sunday in several premises around Johor Baru, where we arrested seven local men, one Indonesian man and one local woman.
“All suspects are aged between 26 and 40 years old, ” he said in a statement here on Tuesday.
Comm Ayob Khan added that one of the suspects tested positive for methamphetamine, and background checks revealed that three of the suspects have a criminal record, including for drug offences.
“Investigations revealed that the syndicate’s modus operandi was to hide the drugs in modified fire extinguishers before smuggling them through a lorry carrying ice destined for Singapore, ” he said, adding that the group has been operating for the past three months.
He said that the operation managed to seize 7.12kg of cannabis, 4.52kg of syabu and 3.11kg of heroin worth a total of RM215,283.
He added that police also seized eight cars worth RM172,000, as well as RM1,200 in cash and jewellery worth RM11,693.
The suspects are currently under remand for a week starting May 31 to help with investigations.
The case is being investigated under Sections 39B and 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.