JOHOR BAHRU: Johor police this week seized medicine value RM201 million (US$49.eight million), making it the most important haul within the historical past of Malaysia’s anti-narcotics division, mentioned the authorities on Sunday (Jan 17).
Officers carried out three raids on Thursday and Friday following investigations into 14 suspects of a drug smuggling and distribution syndicate who have been caught in Johor Bahru on Tuesday, mentioned Johor police chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.
Within the preliminary operation on Tuesday, the Narcotics Crime Investigation Division (NCID) uncovered two drug processing laboratories and two shops containing medicine value RM125.eight million, mentioned Ayob Khan.
“Interrogation of the suspects led police to raid the three different places which have been used to retailer medicine particularly a manufacturing unit in Taman Mount Austin and two rented homes in Taman Setia Indah,” he added.
In these raids, police discovered 3.2 tonnes of Ecstasy powder, 26.1kg of liquid Ecstasy and 117kg of Erimin-5 powder. Police estimated that these “may have been utilized by 11 million drug addicts”, mentioned Ayob Khan.
Additionally confiscated from the suspects have been 4 luxurious autos, RM5 million in money, overseas foreign money value RM231,961, 30 forms of jewelry valued at RM124,435, three Rolex watches value RM250,000 and 62 financial institution accounts with cash totalling RM1.23 million within the raids.
Two native males aged 34 and 38 have been additionally arrested on Thursday in Taman Mount Austin and on Saturday in Taman Gaya, Ulu Tiram on suspicion of being concerned with the syndicate. One of many suspects was a mechanic who was answerable for modifying automobile compartments to cover medicine.
“This syndicate has been in operation since 2018, and rents manufacturing unit premises and homes to retailer and course of medicine. “The 2 suspects are on remand for seven days from the date of their arrests and are being investigated below Part 39B of the Harmful Medication Act 1952,” mentioned the police chief.
Total, the entire drug seizure by Johor police since Tuesday amounted to RM341.79 million, mentioned Ayob Khan, including that police can be pursuing the relaxation of the syndicate.