Cops seize 2.06 tonnes of syabu worth RM103 mil in biggest-ever bust

Police, Customs and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency officers showing the record seizure of 2.06 tonnes of syabu packed in containers sealed with Chinese tea wrappers. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: Police and two enforcement agencies seized 2.06 tonnes of drugs, believed to be syabu, worth RM103.2 million following the arrest of six members of an international drug smuggling and distribution syndicate in Ulu Tiram here on Tuesday.

Federal Police Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Mohmad Salleh said the seizure – the biggest in their history – and arrests were the result of three raids conducted between 7.30am and 10am.

He said the drugs were seized in the first raid carried out on an oil palm estate in Taman Desa Cemerlang, in which three Malaysian men aged between 35 and 48 were arrested.

They were kept in containers packed using Chinese tea wrappers, he told a press conference here today.

Three more Malaysian men aged between 25 and 49 were arrested in the second and third raids carried out in Taman Pelangi and Taman Desa Cemerlang, respectively.

Seven vehicles, cash, jewellery and watches totalling RM489,000 were seized in the raids.

Mohmad said the drug bust followed a two-week joint intelligence operation carried out by the police, the Customs Department and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

“We believe the syndicate began operating only two weeks ago by making Malaysia the transit point for drugs brought in from the Golden Triangle.

“The drugs were meant to be packed in mini laboratories here before being distributed to local and overseas markets like Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

Mohmad said the drugs seized could be supplied to 10.3 million addicts.

He said all the six suspects tested negative for drugs despite having drug-related criminal records.

They have been remanded for seven days to assist investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.