GEORGE TOWN: Penang police busted a drug syndicate with the arrest of six individuals including a foreign woman, and seized syabu and ganja worth RM979,361.
Penang police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain said the suspects, aged 22 to 55, were nabbed during an operation carried out by the Central Seberang Prai Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department in the district between 4am on April 25 and 3am on April 27.
"During the first raid at a house in Bukit Mertajam, the team successfully seized a pack of syabu weighing about 1.055kg worth RM37,980 and detained a 43-year-old suspect," he said during a press conference at state police headquarters on Thursday (April 28).
Following the arrest, police conducted two raids at a premises in the same area and seized a total of 15 packs of syabu weighing about 15.1kg worth about RM541,137.
He said during the raid police discovered five packs of ganja worth RM12,160 weighing about 4.8kg.
He said two suspects, aged 22 and 27, along with the foreign woman aged 24 were detained during the raid.
He said a fourth raid on the same day was conducted where police arrested another two suspects aged 53 and 55.
During the raid, police seized a pack of syabu weighing 0.621kg worth RM22,356 and two plastic packets of ganja weighing about 41g worth RM102.50.
Comm Mohd Shuhaily said an interrogation on the fifth suspect led police to a storeroom in Bukit Mertajam where the syndicate stored 144 compressed blocks of ganja weighing about 146.25kg worth RM365,625.
He said the investigation found that the syndicate has been active since January 2022 and the drugs are for local distribution.
He said the drug confiscated during the operations can feed the habit of more than 380,000 drug addicts.
Three of the suspects tested positive for drugs while another three were negative.
A check on all suspects found all five of the male suspects had prior records in drug and criminal offences.
"They will be remanded for seven days until May 1," he said, adding that three vehicles belonging to the syndicate were also seized.
The case is investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952.