Cops take down syndicate, seize RM12 million in drugs

Some of the drugs and the Colt automatic pistol seized during raids in Selangor, Kelantan, Pahang, Penang and Johor. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have busted a drug distribution syndicate run by five family members following the arrest of 18 individuals and the seizure of drugs worth more than RM12 million during a four-day operation in five states since Saturday.

The operation was held in Selangor, Kelantan, Pahang, Penang and Johor by the Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NICD).

During the raids, police detained 10 local men, four local women and four Thai nationals between 21 and 67 years old.

Bukit Aman NCID director Ramli Din said police also found a drug processing laboratory at a house managed by the syndicate in Muar, Johor.

He said police seized 40.45kg of powder believed to be ecstasy, Yaba pills (34.23kg), Ephedrin (24.6kg), ecstasy pills (10.7kg) and syabu (740.7g).

“Also seized were a Colt automatic pistol and one magazine with 9mm bullets,” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman today.

Ramli said the syndicate was believed to have been active for the past 10 months and had networks over several states.

“The drugs were distributed locally and were exported to neighbouring countries because the drugs sold there could fetch higher prices,” he said.

When questioned by reporters, Ramli said the syndicate obtained the chemicals to process the drugs from overseas.

“Police will cooperate with international drug enforcement agencies to ensure drug smuggling and distribution can be stopped,” he said.

He said the suspects have been remanded for seven days until May 17 to assist investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

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