Cops seize RM9.5 mil worth of drugs in Johor

The latest haul comes less than a week after police seized over RM100 million worth of syabu in Ulu Tiram, Johor. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: In less than a week, another international drug trafficking case has been uncovered in Johor following the seizure of 190kg of suspected syabu (crystal methamphetamine) worth RM9.5 million in Iskandar Puteri.

The drugs, hidden inside tea packets, were seized in a raid on a Toyota Vellfire at about 1.30 pm on March 25.

Johor police chief Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the raid was carried out based on information from four local men, aged between 35 and 48, who were arrested on March 19.

“No other items were seized in the raid, but the latest case is related to the previous case in which we seized a large amount of syabu in Ulu Tiram on March 19.

“This is because their modus operandi is similar.

“We believe Johor is being used as a transit point for the drugs before being distributed to neighbouring countries,” he told reporters here today.

According to him, there is a sudden increase in Johor being used as a transit point for the drugs before being distributed to other countries but the situation is still under control.

Last Tuesday, police, the Customs and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency had seized 2.06 tonnes of suspected syabu worth RM103.2 million in a joint operation. They detained six members of an international drug syndicate in Ulu Tiram here.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigations Department director Mohamad Salleh said the seizure was the biggest drug haul in Malaysia so far.