Penang drug processing lab busted, RM2.2 million in drugs seized

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GEORGE TOWN: Penang police busted a drug processing laboratory and confiscated various types of drugs valued at RM2.2 million in raids here on Monday and Tuesday.

During the raids, three individuals were arrested, including an unmarried couple. Police also seized cash, valuables and six cars worth more than RM1 million.

Penang police chief Chuah Ghee Lye said acting on information gathered over the past month, police nabbed the first man, aged 52, in a car park of a condominium in Solok Tanjung Bungah here at 9.15pm on Monday.

“The arrest led the police to a house in Sungai Pinang, which also doubled as a drug processing laboratory,” he told reporters here today.

He said various types of drugs were found in the house, including heroin weighing 2.64kg, syabu (1.825kg), ephedrine powder (101.4kg), liquid syabu (5.2 litres), and ethanol (13.8kg), all of which were valued at RM1.9 million.

Chuah said police also seized RM255,000 in cash, four branded handbags, a necklace and a diamond locket, two branded watches, as well as three vehicles, all worth RM626,000 during the raid on the house rented by the unemployed man.

Further investigation led to a raid on another house in Taman Bagan in Butterworth at 1.15pm on Tuesday. In the raid, an unmarried couple, aged 46 and 28, were nabbed and 125kg of caffeine powder and 3.35kg of syabu worth RM294,500 were seized.

Police also seized RM73,050 in cash; two Mercedes Benz cars and a Perodua Alza worth RM443,000 from the couple’s rented house, he said.

“Based on our investigations, they are members of a drug processing and trafficking syndicate, which has been active in the state over the past four months.

“The first man detained on Monday is also believed to be an expert in cooking the drugs.

“The second man owns a chemical shop in Butterworth and is believed to be supplying the chemical substances to the syndicate, while the woman is an employee of the shop.”

The three individuals have been remanded until May 15 to facilitate the investigations, he added.