Cops cripple 'Wa Syndicate' with discovery of drugs buried near house

PADANG BESAR: A husband and wife who are allegedly drug traffickers and part of the "Wa Syndicate" have been arrested after police found drugs buried close to their house here.

Padang Besar district police chief Supt Saifudin Aslin Abbas said police seized 4.17kg of syabu and ganja worth RM84,191 and detained four suspects in three separate raids.

“A local woman was detained on Aug 16 following intelligence gathered by district police headquarters Narcotics CID (NCID) with the assistance of the Perlis NCID since July,” he told reporters here on Sunday (Aug 22).

“The 21-year-old woman, who is the wife of the syndicate mastermind, was detained in front of a stall here.

“She handed over a plastic container containing crystals believed to be syabu weighing 52.72g during an inspection at 12.15pm,” he said.

He said information obtained from the arrest led to the second raid at 2.45pm the next day (Aug 17) at a house here.

“The police nabbed two suspects, a 35-year-old Thai who was the mastermind, and a 27-year-old local man.

“Syabu weighing 2.149kg and 1.972kg of ganja kept in a cloth bag were found buried near the suspects’ house during an inspection,” he said, adding that both tested positive for methamphetamine.

In the third raid at 9pm on Friday (Aug 20), he said police nabbed another suspect, a 20-year-old Thai, who tested positive for methamphetamine at an unnumbered house here.

Saifudin said police also seized a car worth about RM40,000 under the Dangerous Drugs Act (Forfeiture of Property) 1988.

He said all the suspects had been detained and were being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and Section 15(1)(a) of the same act.

A check also found that two suspects nabbed in the second raid had records for drug and criminal offences, he added. – Bernama

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