PETALING JAYA: Police have arrested four men and seized nearly half a million ringgit in marijuana in a series of raids aimed at disrupting a Klang Valley drug syndicate that was caught using a new tactic.
“The syndicate was active in importing marijuana seeds from abroad as well as using advanced technology to plant and care for the plants.
“It is sold by the ounce at a price of RM2,800 per ounce (28gm) and it is only sold to selected customers,” Kuala Lumpur narcotics criminal investigation department chief Sahar Abd Latif said in a statement tonight.
As a result of the two raids, police seized marijuana buds weighing 4.555kg; dried leaves suspected to be marijuana weighing 0.72kg; seven marijuana seeds weighing 0.67gm besides eight marijuana plants with a total value worth about RM491,520.
Sahar said three of the men were nabbed in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, with the other suspect picked up in Shah Alam, Selangor, during an operation that was conducted on Dec 14.
The first suspect was apprehended in the car park of a luxury residential property in Pantai Dalam. He brought police to an apartment where the second man was detained.
There, police seized RM155,600 in marijuana buds and RM36,000 worth of dried leaves.
After interrogating the suspects, police were able to trace and arrest the third suspect in Shah Alam, where more marijuana was found valued at RM299,920.
Police later arrested a fourth man suspected of being involved with the syndicate at a supermarket in Jalan Kerinchi.
“Three suspects tested positive for THC (the main active compound in marijuana) and two suspects had previous drug-related and criminal records. All are locals and have been remanded for seven days from Dec 15-21,” Sahar said.
Also confiscated were a Mercedes Benz C180 Sport and a KTM 390 DUKE motorcycle, valued at RM70,000 and RM25,000 respectively.