KUALA LUMPUR: Police scored a major success with a drug bust following the arrest of nine people and the seizure of more than 1.5 tonnes of multiple types of narcotics worth almost RM145 million, here on Monday.
The syndicate which was a “one-stop centre” for the demand of various drugs was responsible for distributing the narcotics both locally and overseas.
Ecstasy pills topped the list of drugs seized at almost 638kg, followed by Erimin 5 at 565kg and syabu at 610kg.
Other narcotics namely heroin, ketamine and cocaine were found in smaller quantities of under 12kg.
Police also recovered two pistols, namely a Baretta and a Luger, and 150 rounds of ammunition from the syndicate members.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said today that with the confiscation of the huge quantity, police had thwarted the distribution of the drugs from reaching the hands of 6.5 million users.
Seven men and two women, including an Indonesian, aged between 23 and 50, were arrested in three raids conducted at a terrace house and condominium both in Desa Park City and at an apartment in Selayang in a five-hour operation that began at 8pm.
Abdul Hamid said two of the male suspects have past criminal records for drug-related offences, assault and cheating. Five male suspects and the Indonesian woman also tested positive for drug abuse.
Police also seized four cars, local and foreign currency and various watches and jewellery, all worth more than RM400,000 from the suspects.
Abdul Hamid said the suspects are being held under a seven-day remand order and are being investigated under laws of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and Firearms Act 1960.