Drug ring crip­pled

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

JO­HOR BARU: Po­lice raids at two syabu lab­o­ra­to­ries near Ayer Hi­tam and Yong Peng have crip­pled an in­ter­na­tional drug syn­di­cate.

Bukit Aman Nar­cotics CID direc­tor Com­mis­sioner Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shar­iff said the raids were jointly con­ducted by Jo­hor nar­cotics per­son­nel and the Spe­cial Tac­ti­cal In­tel­li­gence Nar­cotics Group (STING) from Bukit Aman at about 7am on Satur­day, lead­ing to the seizure of 12kg of syabu with a to­tal street value of RM550,000.

Two for­eign­ers aged 32 and 41, one of whom is a chemist, were ar­rested with a 49-year old Malaysian with five crim­i­nal records. Some of the drugs are be­lieved to have been smug­gled to In­done­sia and Sin­ga­pore.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions have re­vealed that the drug syn­di­cates have changed their modus operandi – from im­port­ing drugs to pro­cess­ing them here and ex­port­ing-smug­gling out to other coun­tries,” Mokhtar said yes­ter­day.

Be­sides drugs, po­lice also con­fis­cated a Toy­ota Hilux, a Suzuki Swift and sev­eral gold rings from the sus­pects, who have been re­manded un­til Oc­to­ber 14.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 39B of the Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act 1952 which car­ries the manda­tory death sen­tence.

Mokhtar said po­lice have crip­pled 18 il­le­gal drug lab­o­ra­to­ries this year. – by Low Sock Ken

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