Busted: Syndicate using Chinese tea packets to traffic drugs

Zulkifli-Ali

GEORGE TOWN: Police have succeeded in busting a drug trafficking syndicate which placed syabu (methamphetamine) in Chinese tea packets following the arrest of six local men in Seberang Perai on Wednesday.

Members of the drug syndicate, which had been active since early this year, were nabbed by the Bukit Aman Special Tactics and Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting) in an operation which ran from 5.45pm to 10.15pm on May 31.

Bukit Aman Narcotics CID principal assistant director SAC Zulkifli Ali said the six syndicate members, aged between 21 and 45, were apprehended in two separate operations based on police intelligence and monitoring.

According to him, police also seized 21kg of drugs believed to be syabu hidden inside Chinese tea packets, 7,800 Eramin 5 pills and 18g of ganja.

“Initial police investigations found the total seizure of drugs valued at RM1.63 million, believed for distribution in the local market and in Indonesia,” he told a media conference at the Penang police contingent headquarters here today.

He said police also confiscated cash, jewellery, five cars and three high-powered motorcycles worth more than RM276,000.

Zulkifli said all the suspects, who were detained at two different locations, had previous records for drug trafficking and would be remanded to assist in the investigations.

“Urine screening on the six suspects found all of them positive for drugs, and they will be remanded until June 7 to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” he said.

He said in the first five months of this year, police had seized various types of drugs worth RM99.64 million throughout the country.