Two drug syndicates busted in Penang with RM200,000 worth of seizures


GEORGE TOWN: Penang police busted two drug trafficking syndicates with the arrest of two suspects during a series of raids.

Various drugs and equipment worth over RM200,000 were seized in two operations from May 12 to May 14.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said a team from the George Town Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department conducted two raids in George Town on the first day.

"During the raid, we arrested a 25-year-old man at a roadside in George Town, where we found a plastic packet that contained three transparent plastic fill up with drugs believed to be ketamine worth about RM420," he said in a press conference at George Town police headquarters on Tuesday (May 17).

ACP Soffian said following the arrest, an interrogation of the suspect led police to conduct a second raid at a house in Lebuh Sungai Pinang.

He said during the raid, police discovered three plastic packets containing syabu,18 compressed blocks of drugs believed to be syabu, and three sticks of lumps containing syabu which were wrapped with a paper written “soft oil pastel” weighing about 1.018kg worth about RM36,666.

He added that police also found three plastic packets with each of the packets containing a substance believed to be ketamine weighing about 77g, valued at RM11,550 in total.

During the raid, police confiscated equipment to package the drug.

He said the drugs that were confiscated in the operation were 1.018kg of syabu and 0.07982kg ketamine worth RM48,636 in total.

ACP Soffian said the police believed has been active since 2021 and the drugs seized were meant for overseas distribution.

"Urine tests on the suspect found him positive with drugs and the suspect also has a prior criminal record," he said.

The suspect has been remanded for six days from May 12 until May 17 to facilitate investigation in Section 39B of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952.

In another operation, police from George Town police headquarters NCID crippled a drug mini lab after confiscating various types of drugs and its processing equipment worth RM180,860.

ACP Soffian said the operation conducted between May 13-14 saw a team of police from George Town NCID launch a double raid in the Jelutong area.

"In the operation, we detained a 35-year-old man whom we suspect is involved in the drug trafficking activity," he said, adding the suspect was arrested at a roadside in Jelutong where police found several drugs worth RM9,265 in total.

ACP Soffian said police also seized a vehicle worth RM31,000 during the raid.

Following the interrogation of the suspect, a second raid was conducted at a house in Jelutong where police seized 97 plastic packets each containing MDMA drugs weighing about 3.2kg, and valued at RM160,000.

Also confiscated were a transparent plastic packet containing syabu weighing about 0.018kg, valued at RM1,800; 23 transparent packets which each containing ketamine weighing about 0.046kg and valued at RM6,900; and a transparent plastic packet containing 24 pills believed to be ecstasy weighing about 0.01149kg, worth around RM360.

He said police also confiscated 16 red and silver aluminium foils where each of the foils contained 10 Erimin 5 pills weighing 0.043kg, and valued at RM2,400.

"We also seized equipment to process the MDMA drugs," he said, adding that the syndicate is believed to have been active since March this year and the drugs were for local distribution.

"The drugs seized can be used by 894 drug addicts," he said, adding that the suspect is remanded for five days from May 14 to May 18.

The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952.

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