Tuesday September 25, 2012
International drug ring busted in the Klang Valley
By RASHITHA A. HAMID
KUALA LUMPUR: Police busted two syndicates that have been using Malaysia as a transit point and distribution hub for drugs over the past few months.
Police picked up seven Iranians, a Turk and two local men in several raids on Thursday and Sunday.
The drugs seized amounted to about RM11mil.
The first syndicate was busted when police blocked a Mercedes Benz driven by an Iranian in Mont Kiara and arrested him.
Police found 2kg of syabu in the car, believed to be for distribution.
Federal Narcotics chief Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said that following the 7pm arrest on Thursday, police raided several other places in the city, including a four-star hotel in the city.
In total, police have arrested five Iranians and the Turk and seized 3.5kg of syabu.
“We also seized hydraulic acids, acetone, methanol and toluene liquids from the premises, believed to be used in the processing of syabu,” Comm Noor Rashid said.
The syndicates apparently used the rented premises as a laboratory and the drugs processed there were for local and overseas distribution.
The second syndicate was crippled Sunday when police arrested two local men and seized 8,000 Eramin 5 pills hidden in fish feed containers from their cars.
Comm Noor Rashid said they were earlier seen driving along the old Ipoh road before police blocked their vehicles at about 6.15pm.
“The men then led us to a house in Shah Alam where police seized 520,000 Eramin 5 pills, which were kept in 65 fish feed containers,” he said, adding that the men were on their way to distribute the pills when they were nabbed.
Police also confiscated a Mercedes Benz, Nissan Sylphy and Hyundai Getz from the suspects.
All the suspects, aged between 24 and 55, have been remanded.