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Police bust drug ring that used tea packets to smuggle syabu

Sachets of syabu, or methamphetamine are pictured among other drugs paraphernalia at an undisclosed drug den in Manila June 20, 2016. — Reuters pic
Sachets of syabu, or methamphetamine are pictured among other drugs paraphernalia at an undisclosed drug den in Manila June 20, 2016. — Reuters pic

GEORGE TOWN, June 2 — Police have succeeded in busting a drug-trafficking syndicate which placed syabu (methamphetamine) into Chinese tea packets following the arrest of six local men in Seberang Perai on Wednesday.

The drug syndicate which has been active since early this year was nabbed by Bukit Aman Special Tactics and Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting) in an operation at 5.45pm to 10.15pm on May 31.

Bukit Aman Narcotics CID principal assistant director SAC Zulkifli Ali said the six syndicate members aged between 21 and 45 were apprehended in two separate operations based on police intelligence and monitoring.

According to him, police also seized 21 kilograms of drugs believed to be syabu hidden inside Chinese tea packets, 7,800 Eramin 5 pills and 18 grams of ganja in the raids.

“Initial police investigations found the total seizure of drugs valued at RM1.63 million was believed for distribution in the local market and in Indonesia,” he told a media conference at Penang police contingent headquarters here today.

He said police also confiscated cash, jewellery, five cars and three high-powered motorcycles worth more than RM276,000. 

Zulkifli said all suspects who were detained at two locations had previous records for drug trafficking and they would be remanded to assist investigations.

“Urine screening on the six suspects found all of them positive for drugs and they will he remanded until June 7 to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” he said. 

He said in the first five months of this year, police had seized various types of drugs worth RM99.64 million throughout the country. — Bernama

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