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Police cripple syndicate, seize RM4.6 million worth of drugs

KUALA LUMPUR: Federal police snuffed out a Nigerian-Iranian drug trafficking ‘joint venture’ to supply Syabu in Malaysia, with the arrests of six foreigners and seizure of Syabu (ice) worth RM4.6 million in the Klang Valley and Selangor.

In a two-day operation starting Monday, the police confiscated 22.9kg of Syabu and nabbed four Iranians and two Nigerians, including a woman.

One of the Iranians was on the police ‘wanted list’ for his role as a shadowy ‘drug king’ who had masterminded several Iranian drug syndicates which were busted in Malaysia.

Bukit Aman Narcotics CID director, Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim  said in the first raid on Monday, three Iranian men were nabbed in a car at Ampang Utama.

“From the trio, the police seized four packets of Syabu weighing one kg, which was kept in the rear seat,” he told reporters at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman here yesterday.

In a second raid on the same day, a Nigerian woman was detained at an apartment in Bukit Jalil.

Here, the police found five plastic packets of Syabu weighing 2.6kg, hidden in five video recorder boxes.

“Subsequently, the police raided another apartment at the same area and seized 6.1kg of Syabu hidden in five snack food boxes, which also contained 14 grammes of ganja. However, no arrests were made,” said Noor Rashid.

Noor Rashid said, at another apartment unit, the police picked up a Nigerian man and seized a backpack containing three packets of Syabu weighing 718 grammes.

Meanwhile, in a separate operation on the same day, an Iranian man, dubbed ‘drug king’ in the underworld for his masterminding of Iranian-based syndicates, was arrested at a shopping complex.

About 9am yesterday, eight packets of Syabu weighing 11.5kg were found at an oil palm plantation in Sabak Bernam during a police operation to flush out illegal immigrants.

In the operation, the police found a locked backpack under an oil palm tree filled with Syabu which was believed to have been left by the ‘drug king’.

Noor Rashid said the six Iranians and Nigerians, aged between 20 and 46, were remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations under Section 39(B) of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the death penalty upon conviction. — Bernama