Cops un­cover fruity drug ploy


IPOH: Po­lice have un­cov­ered a new tac­tic used by drug traf­fick­ers to bring in drugs by pack­ing them in sa­chets and pass­ing them off as mango pow­der.

Perak Nar­cotics Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment chief ACP R. Ravi Chan­dran said the yel­low-coloured at­trac­tive sa­chets con­tain­ing metham­phetamine could be passed off as a fruit drink mix since the pack­ets were printed with the words “Or­ganic Whole Food Mango Pow­der”.

“The pub­lic should check sa­chets es­pe­cially when they come in at­trac­tive pack­ets.

“Con­sumers could even­tu­ally be ad­dicted to the drugs af­ter con­sum­ing the pow­der,” he told a press con­fer­ence.

The lat­est tac­tic was ex­posed af­ter a po­lice team sur­rounded a car at a park­ing lot of a busi­ness out­let in Greentown at 5.45pm on Sun­day.

Ravi Chan­dran said po­lice ar­rested a 28year-old busi­ness­man from Kuala Lumpur and found 100 sa­chets with a to­tal weight of 1,285g worth RM89,950.

He said po­lice also seized two pass­ports be­long­ing to the sus­pect and his car.

Each sa­chet con­tain­ing 12g of the drugs was to be sold at RM400.

The man had been re­manded un­til Nov 20 to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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