SERDANG: Lusting after a more lucrative “career”, an ehailing driver learnt how to make Ecstasy pills online.
He then set up a drug processing plant at a small factory lot in Seri Kembangan.
After operating for about a year and raking in sometimes up to RM30,000 a month supplying drugs to buyers within the Klang Valley, police got wind of the illegal activity.
OCPD Asst Comm AA Anbalagan said police raided the premises at an industrial estate at 7pm last Friday and arrested the suspect aged 44.
“We seized drugs and equipment worth over RM6.38mil.
“Among them were 47 packets containing 70.71kg of MDMA, 16 packets containing 52.33kg of MDMA, 504g of syabu, 18 bottles containing 301.87g of other drugs, 21 Ecstasy pills and 13.8g of ganja,” he told reporters yesterday.
Ecstasy is the tablet form of MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine).
ACP Anbalagan said initial investigations showed the suspect had been active for over a year and was believed to have been making an estimated RM15,000 every two to three weeks.
“Our investigations showed that 10kg of MDMA could produce 50,000 Ecstasy pills.
“The suspect is believed to have learned to produce the pills from YouTube and was driven to make them for a lucrative income compared to what he earned as an ehailing driver,” he said.
Background checks showed that the suspect also had a record for drug possession, said ACP Anbalagan.
He said police also seized three machines and other equipment used to process the drugs, as well as a pickup truck, a van and RM10,000 in cash.
“We are now looking for other suspects linked to this syndicate,” he said.