Muar police cripple drug distribution syndicate with arrest of five

MOHAMAD FAHD RAHMAT

MUAR: Three police raids here on Friday led to the arrests of five suspected drug traffickers, aged between 30 and 40; and the confiscation of thousands of ringgit worth of drugs.

Four of the five suspects tested positive for methamphetamine, said Muar District police chief Assistant Commissioner Zaharudin Md Rasip.

“In the first raid at 12.30am in a house at Bukit Pasir here, police found drugs believed to be heroin, weighing 2.3 kilograms with an estimated value of RM40,000; and cash amounting to RM1,840.

“A 40 year-old man and his 39-year-old wife were arrested.

“In the second raid at 2.30am at a shophouse in Jalan Temenggung Ahmad, police picked up three men after discovering 76 grams of syabu worth RM11,400 in their possession.

“A Honda Civic worth RM105,000 and RM3,600 in cash were also seized,” he added.

Zaharudin said that one of the three suspects – who has a criminal record with a drug-related offence – led police to the back of a third house in Bakri, where more drugs were discovered.

“We found 1,600 Eramin 5 and ecstasy pills and more syabu in Bakri.

“We also seized another two cars, a Toyota Camry and a Honda HRV,” he said at a press conference at the Muar District Police Headquarters here today.

Zaharudin said that the case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which, upon conviction, could lead to the death penalty.

He added that the arrests and seizures have crippled one more drug distribution syndicate operating in the district. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd