Five Taiwanese held in RM20m drug bust

Datuk Seri Mohd Mohktar Mohd Shariff shows the drugs and paraphernalia seized from the syndicate. —Bernama pic
Datuk Seri Mohd Mohktar Mohd Shariff shows the drugs and paraphernalia seized from the syndicate. —Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 — Federal police seized RM20 million worth of drugs and arrested seven men, including five Taiwanese, in an ambush on a drug laboratory in a Pandan Indah shophouse on Tuesday.

Some of the drugs were in powder form and could be processed into nearly one million Erimin 5 pills.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Department director Datuk Seri Mohd Mohktar Mohd Shariff said police acted on a lead after arresting a man in Kampung Baru on Monday.

“A police team trailed and arrested the suspect after a tip-off that he was pushing drugs in the area and seized a considerable amount of drugs from his car,” he said.

The suspect led police to the shophouse the next day where a fully-equipped laboratory was found, operated by five Taiwanese chemists and two Malaysians.

“The drug lab was equipped with a mixer, oven, grinder and a packaging machine,” he said.

“The drugs seized included Erimin 5 and cocaine, with a combined weight of 207.8kg.”

Police investigations suggest the drugs were for local distribution and the suspects had been operating for more than three months.

Mohd Mohktar said the bust was a collaboration between the Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group at Bukit Aman and the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau of Taiwan.

Those arrested have been remanded until next Thursday to facilitate investigations. They face the death penalty if found guilty.

In Kelantan, police seized 272,000 pil kuda (amphetamine pills) worth RM6.2 million from a house in Kampung Tasek Berangan, Pasir Mas, on Monday.

Kelantan police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim said police raided the house at 10.30pm following a tip-off and found the pills inside three gunny sacks.

No arrests have been made but police are looking for a 34-year-old man believed to be the mastermind of the syndicate.

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