Mother and son among 9 nabbed in raid on drug lab

The police had been keeping tabs on the suspected drug laboratory for several months. (AFP pic)

SHAH ALAM: Selangor police have busted a drug processing syndicate and arrested nine people, including a mother and son, at a two-storey terrace house in Setia Alam.

Selangor police chief Noor Azam Jamaludin said the 12.30pm raid on Thursday follows six months’surveillance on the syndicate by Bukit Aman and Shah Alam narcotics investigators over the past few months.

He said the investigation found that the syndicate rented the house for RM1,500 a month and camouflaged their drug laboratory operation over the last six months as the area was fully gated and guarded by security guards.

Police seized 6.9kg of substances suspected to be heroin, 0.75kg of suspected heroin base, 1.25kg of suspected marijuana and 53.2kg caffeine powder estimated to be worth a total of RM149,585 as well as drug processing apparatus.

They also arrested eight men and a woman, all Malaysians, aged 19 to 65.

The 65-year-old woman is unemployed and is suspected to be the mother of one of the suspects.

“We are investigating her role because all suspects are believed to be related,” Azam told a press conference here today.

He said the drug processing laboratory was suspected to produce 30 to 35 kg of drugs every month for the local market.

“However, all the suspects, who are working as security guards, plumbers and labourers, have no previous criminal records. The results of their urine tests were also negative,” he said.

Azam said the police were investigating if the syndicate had links with any secret society gang.

Besides the drugs, police seized six vehicles worth RM183,300 as well as RM3,700 in cash, several branded watches worth an estimated RM3,000 and jewellery worth RM25,300.

He said all the suspects were remanded until Thursday and the case was being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.