LAHAD DATU: Police have crippled a drug syndicate in Sabah, said to be the biggest thus far.
A local man was arrested and 51,917 grammes of syabu worth RM2.5 million were seized in a raid in a parking lot in front of a shop in Bandar Sri Perdana here on Wednesday.
Lahad Datu district police chief Nasri Mansor said the 34-year-old unemployed suspect was arrested when carrying out a pink plastic bag from the back seat of a four-wheel drive vehicle during the incident at noon.
“He tried to run when police approached but was overpowered after a scuffle. There were 25 golden yellow plastic packets with Daguanyin printed on it containing the drug syabu,” he told a press conference here today.
Nasri said the team also found a black-and-white flower-patterned bag containing 25 similar plastic packets, each containing syabu, in his vehicle.
“Police are trying to identify the source of the drugs and if it is for the local market or for export.
“We are also trying to uncover the drug distribution network, through this arrest, and whether the syndicate involved is local or international.”
The suspect was remanded for seven days from Oct 4.
He said the suspect had also been detained under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting, resulting in injuries, as well as being wanted under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985.