Singaporean drug lord nabbed, RM8.5 million in drugs seized

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KUALA LUMPUR: A suspected Singaporean drug lord, who was believed to have “called the shots” in the trafficking of an assortment of drugs in three countries, was “stung” by Malaysia’s long arm of the law early this month.

In a series of raids, Bukit Aman’s Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING) found the 54-year-old international drug syndicate head honcho holed up at a condominium in Damansara here, together with his 43-year-old accomplice.

At the condominium, the police seized 64.17kg of syabu, said Narcotics CID director Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff.

“Following this, two others were nabbed in Bangsar and Rawang while another two were picked up in Kempas, Johor Baru, all of whom were locals, aged between 32 and 47.

“We also seized 61.53kg of ketamine, 23,985 ecstasy pills and 68 Erimin 5 capsules believed to be bound for the Indonesian market,” he told reporters at a press conference here today.

He said the seized drugs were worth about RM8.5 million.

Apart from STING, Mokhtar attributed the success of the operation to Bukit Aman’s collaboration with the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) of Singapore and Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN), which jointly carried out the six raids on May 6 in Bangsar, Damansara, Rawang, Selangor and Johor Baru.

He said the police also seized assets worth RM1.4 million, comprising seven luxury vehicles, a variety of foreign currencies and 11 branded watches as well as jewellery.

The suspected Singaporean drug lord and the five other suspects have been remanded until May 13 to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

Meanwhile, on the recent arrest in Bangkok of two Malaysians known as “Mr T” and “Mr G” from Johor and Penang, Mokhtar said the police would assist the Thai authorities in their investigations.

“We’ll meet the two suspects to record their statements once the Thai authorities have completed their investigations.”

The two Malaysians are believed to be key figures in an international drug syndicate responsible for smuggling hundreds of kilogrammes of drugs into Malaysia.