Cops cripple synthetic drug processing lab with seizure worth RM4.5m

During the lab raid performed by the Federal Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING) personnel, police discovered 28.1kg of ecstasy powder and 6,690 Yaba pills stashed in the residence. — AFP pic
During the lab raid performed by the Federal Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING) personnel, police discovered 28.1kg of ecstasy powder and 6,690 Yaba pills stashed in the residence. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 — An ecstasy manufacturing lab near Templers Park, Rawang was busted together with a seizure of RM4.5 million worth of drugs by police on Monday.

Federal Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department deputy director Deputy Commissioner Datuk Kang Chez Chiang said the lab located inside a condominium unit was managed by a local syndicate that supplied the said drugs locally and into Indonesia.

"They smuggle the drugs to Indonesia as the street value there is between three and 10 times more than here," he told reporters at a press conference in Gombak police headquarters today.

Kang said seven suspects including two women aged between 29 and 52 were detained in multiple raids in Rawang, Gombak and Kuala Lumpur between 7.30pm and 10.30pm.

The 42-year-old mastermind was detained along with his 29-year-old Vietnamese girlfriend along Karak Highway which led police to the location of the mini drug lab equipped with the necessary apparatus and ingredients to produce 100 ecstasy pills in a minute.

During the lab raid performed by the Federal Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING) personnel, police discovered 28.1kg of ecstasy powder and 6,690 Yaba pills stashed in the residence.

He said investigations showed the syndicate had been operating for six months.

The drugs would have been capable of sustaining 145,000 addicts if it got onto the street.

"Despite the constant raids executed by the department, there are still stubborn individuals determined to fill the gaps left empty by fallen syndicates to reap the benefits of drug distribution and processing.

"However the police will not get tired or let their guards down at bringing these individuals involved in such activities to justice," he said.

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