GEORGE TOWN, July 3 – Police have discovered a drug processing lab with international connections following the arrest of four people and the seizure of drugs worth RM 398,352 in multiple raids here.
Head of Penang’s Criminal Drug Investigation Department, ACP Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah, said police were granted a break after arresting a 29-year-old durian trader outside a two-story terraced house in Sungai Pinang on Thursday at 5 pm and grabbed a quantity of drugs from him.
“Police then caught a 39-year-old food seller and a 42-year-old junk and antique dealer who were found carrying a quantity of Erimin 5 pills in a car in Jalan Perak here.
“In a follow-up operation, we raided a three-story terraced house in Bukit Gambit, Gelugor, and arrested a 32-year-old woman from China. The police seized machines and other equipment used to treat ecstasy in the house, ”he said at a press conference today.
Mustafa Kamal said police recovered 1,470 Erimin tablets 5, 6,219 grams (g) of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), 23 g of syabu, 11 g of ganja and 1.5 g of ketamine, worth from 398,352 RM.
He said the house used for the ecstasy treatment was rented by the Chinese national and the 42-year-old man, who is her lover and the mastermind of the union.
The union is believed to have been operating since the start of this year by sourcing from its overseas network before processing drugs for sale in Penang, he added.
“The ecstasy drugs were processed according to the color specifications demanded by the local market. The police are hunting down other union members, ”he said.
He said the two men arrested at Jalan Perak had tested positive for drugs and had a criminal record for dada offenses, while the woman would be referred to the immigration department for further investigation although she have travel documents.
He said the drugs seized could be used by 22,346 drug addicts.
Following the raids, police seized jewelry and a Honda City car with a total value of RM 28,340.
“The four suspects were remanded in custody for five days from yesterday for investigation under section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” he added. Bernama