29 NOVEMBER 2016 – Police believed they have crippled a major drug syndicate peddling syabu and ganja in the state after a number of raids in the city on Monday. Bukit Aman’s Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING) and Perak Narcotics Criminal Investigations Department (NCID) busted two drug processing labs and seized 16.8kg syabu and 50g ganja worth RM1.2 million following a two-month investigation.
The team raided eight properties in Taman Teh Teng Seng, Sungai Pari, Taman Mirindy, Taman Buntong, Taman Silibin and Sungai Siput from 6am to 2pm. A total of 11 syndicate members including its mastermind, three Sri Lankan nationals, a Greek national and an Indonesian woman were picked up separately to facilitate investigations.
Federal NCID deputy director Datuk Khang Chez Chiang said they are now hot on the trail of another suspect believed to be a member of the syndicate. He said the processing labs were located at a vacant factory in Jelapang and a house in Taman Silibin.
“We believe the syndicate may have rented the factory and we are verifying this.
“All the suspects were aged between 20 and 55. Four of them were tested positive for meth and ganja,” he told a Press conference at the state police headquarters today.
“Our initial investigations also revealed that six of them had previous criminal records,” he said, adding that police also seized cash amounting RM18,631, SGD$72 (RM224.88), a Toyota Camry, a BMW, two necklaces and a ring.
Khang revealed that from Jan to Nov 24, police have arrested a total of 183,626 people for drug-related offences with seizures valued at RM174 million.