Duo nabbed for processing, selling ketum water in rented Johor house

KULAI: Two men have been arrested by police for processing and selling ketum water in a rented house here.

Kulai OCPD Supt Tok Beng Yeow said that the house in Taman Putri here was raided at about 9am on Friday (June 11) following a public tip-off.

"We found 38 large plastic bags, weighing about 380kg in total. Each of the plastic bags contained about 50 smaller packets of ketum leaves.

"We have also found 30 packets of ketum juice that have been processed and believed to have been mixed with cough syrup," he said in a press conference at the Kulai police headquarters here on Saturday (June 12).

He noted that a total of 107 bottles of cough syrup were also seized during the raid, along with items used to process the ketum leaves into juice.

"The value of all items seized, including the ketum total up to about RM7,000. This is by far the largest seizure of ketum in Kulai," he said.

He added that the two suspects, who are 39 and 49 years old, were believed to have been involved in the activity since February this year.

"The ketum leaves were brought from Pendang, Kedah and we are investigating how it got into Johor during the lockdown.

"The ketum are believed to have been sold to those in the Kulai, Ulu Tiram, Masai and Kota Tinggi areas," he said.

He added that the duo tested negative for drugs but has criminal records under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

"A remand order will be submitted to the Kulai court on Saturday," he said, adding that the case is being investigated under Section 30 of the Poisons Act 1952.

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