JOHOR BARU: Johor police seized some RM2mil worth of drugs in a series of raids around Johor Baru beginning last Sunday (July 18).
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said that the first raid took place at about 2.40pm Sunday, where a 41-year-old man was arrested and some drugs were seized.
"The man tested positive for drugs and also had a criminal record involving drugs and crime-related offences.
"In the second raid, three more suspects, two men and a woman who are between the ages of 34 and 61, were arrested, while more drugs were seized.
"Several other raids were then conducted, where another 26-year-old man was arrested," he said in a press conference in the Johor police headquarters here on Saturday (July 24).
He said that among drugs seized include 32.97kg of ecstasy powder, 481 ecstasy pills, 300g of Erimin 5 pills, 375g of Ketamine and 114g of Syabu.
"We believe that the syndicate has been operating for about one year and have been catering to the local market at entertainment centres and for private parties," he said, adding that the drugs seized could feed the addiction of some 113,324 drug addicts.
He said that the suspects were remanded for seven days starting Saturday until July 30.
The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
On a separate matter, Comm Ayob said that the police have also arrested 20 wanted suspects under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985.
"We launched a special operation between July 16 and 22 to locate and arrest a total of 30 individuals wanted under Section 3(1) of the Act. We were able to arrest 20 of them during the operation.
"The operation was launched after we found that the suspects were involved in drug distribution activities," he said.