Wednesday September 5, 2012
Secluded area hid drug lord from cops
By SARBAN SINGH
PORT DICKSON: The 32-year-old Nigerian arrested on suspicion of running a multi-million ringgit international drug ring from Lukut had moved into his rented semi-detached double-storey house in Millennium Park three months ago.
The suspect was believed to have picked the house located in a secluded area to evade police detection.
There are only 10 semi-detached homes in the Millennium Park area, with two still in the process of being built.
The area is located about 300m away from the Lukut-Port Dickson main road, behind a row of workshops and a car wash.
Residents said the man avoided neighbours and was always seen talking on his mobile phone on the brief occasions when he was out.
“He did not come out of the house often or mingled with anyone,” said one resident who wished to remain anonymous.
The perimeter wall of the suspect's house is also higher than that of other houses, making it difficult for passers-by to look into its compound. The main gate was seen padlocked yesterday.
Police arrested the suspect, who was said to have been living a luxurious life, after six months of surveillance.
Investigations so far have also showed that the man, who had entered Malaysia less than a year ago, owned a hotel in Nigeria, believed to be bought with money gained from his drug business.
Police found 26 packages of syabu weighing 28kg and 17 of heroin weighing 16.9kg in his home. The drugs were found in hidden compartments of bags.
“The man's two cars a BMW and Toyota Camry were so heavily tinted that it was difficult to know who were in them whenever they were driven out,” one resident said, adding that there were also few visitors to the house.
Another neighbour said he once tried to strike up a conversation with the man but was ignored.
“I tried to make friends with him, thinking he was working in one of the two petroleum refineries but he refused to even make eye contact with me,” he said.
King of a massive drug ring