Police seized 573kg of drug worth RM25.87 million in Penang

State police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said the arrest came after the police launched a series of operations this week since Monday.

At first the police arrested the first suspect inside a car in Taman Perindustrian Nibong Tebal.

“The 37-year-old suspect was detained inside a Peugeot car, which had stopped at a lane between shop premises in Taman Perindustrian Nibong Tebal.

“Checks inside the car led to the recovery of 100 packets of syabu worth RM4.67 million.

“Further checks showed the suspect was the syndicate’s main mastermind and was waiting for his customers to sell the syabu, all of which were packed inside Chinese herbal tea packaging to avoid detection,” he told reporters here today.

After the initial arrest, police then raided a shop premises in Taman which was used as a store for syabu, ecstasy powder, ecstasy pills, heroin base and ketamine, all worth RM21.19 million.

Sahabudin said, “the drugs were taken along a land route from Thailand and were in transit in Nibong Tebal, before being marketed in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

“In the series of raids, we seized 400.8kg syabu, 78.9kg (ecstasy powder), 91.3kg (ecstasy pills), 1.49kg (heroin base) and 306gm ketamine, all of which amounted to RM25.87 million.

“We also seized a car, cash, jewellery and money in the (bank) accounts, all of which amounted to RM243,231.82,” he added.

The two suspects have been detained and are being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952.

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