GEORGE TOWN: Police have crippled a drug smuggling syndicate that is believed to be the biggest in the country, and seized syabu worth some RM54 million last Friday.
Narcotic Criminal Investigation Department director Mohmad Salleh said the drugs were seized following the arrest of the 47-year-old suspect in Bayan Lepas at 3pm.
Police found the syabu, weighing 1,066kg, in a warehouse in Jelutong, he said, adding that some of the drugs were found in a lorry and the remaining in the warehouse.
He said the drugs were believed to have been smuggled into the country two weeks ago for distribution to other neighbouring countries.
“Penang is a transit hub for drug syndicates because of its strategic location,” he added.
He said the suspect, who is unemployed, was remanded for investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act.