Cou­ple sup­plied chem­i­cals to drug lab, say po­lice

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Two of the three sus­pects ar­rested in a re­cent drug bust in But­ter­worth are be­lieved to be the sup­pli­ers of the chem­i­cals found at the drug lab­o­ra­tory un­cov­ered by po­lice.

Sources told the New Straits Times that the 46-year-old man was the owner of a shop on the main­land sell­ing chem­i­cals while the 38-year-old wo­man was a worker there.

Both were be­lieved to be in a re­la­tion­ship.

“Po­lice have ex­am­ined the sub­stances found at the shop and the ones at the drug lab.

“It is be­lieved the chem­i­cals came from the shop.”

On Mon­day, po­lice un­cov­ered a drug-pro­cess­ing lab­o­ra­tory at a three-storey ter­race house in Le­buh Sun­gai Pi­nang here at 10.10pm fol­low­ing the ar­rest of a 52-year-old job­less man at a con­do­minium car park in Solok Tan­jung Bun­gah an hour ear­lier.

State po­lice chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said dur­ing the raid, po­lice seized 1.82kg of syabu, 2.64kg of heroin, 5.2 litres of liq­uid syabu, 13.8 litres of ethanol and other chem­i­cals and ap­pa­ra­tus with a street value of RM1.9 mil­lion.

He said po­lice seized cash worth RM255,000, three cars, four hand­bags and two watches.

He said po­lice ar­rested the cou­ple at a sin­gle-storey ter­race house in Ta­man Ba­gan, But­ter­worth, about 1.15pm the next day. They were be­lieved to be the ac­com­plices of the 52-year-old man.

In the house, po­lice found 3.35kg of syabu and 125kg of caf­feine, the street value of which was RM294,500.

Cash to­talling RM73,050 and two cars were seized in the sec­ond raid.

“The drugs seized at both the premises were worth RM2.2 mil­lion and the items seized about RM1.07 mil­lion.

“Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion will prob­a­bly un­cover more sus­pects,” he said at the state po­lice con­tin­gent head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

Chuah said that the syn­di­cate was be­lieved to be op­er­at­ing for the past four months.

He said the 52-year-old sus­pect pro­cessed the drugs to be sold in the lo­cal mar­ket.

“The two male sus­pects tested pos­i­tive for drugs dur­ing the ar­rest.”

The trio were re­manded un­til May 15 un­der Sec­tion 39B of Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act 1952 for traf­fick­ing, which car­ries a manda­tory death sen­tence.

PIC BY MIKAIL ONG

State po­lice chief Datuk Chuah Ghee

Lye (third from right) show­ing the seized drugs and other items at the state po­lice con­tin­gent head­quar­ters in Ge­orge Town yes­ter­day.

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