Bukit Aman busts major drug syndicates targeting Sarawak

Comm Ramli with the drugs seized. – Bernama photo

By Chew Lip Song

FEDERAL police have seized drugs worth RM10 million and arrested two policemen, including a senior cop, crippling two trafficking rings hiring Sarawakians as mules to smuggle the contraband into the state.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Ramli Din said police have seized 182kg of drugs in raids in four states and detained 14 suspects, aged between 26 and 58, including an Assistant Superintendent of Police and a sub-inspector.

In an operation codenamed Ops Nutcracker, the raids were conducted in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Sarawak between July 1 and July 6, Comm Ramli told a media conference in Bukit Aman today.

“The police managed to to uncover a drug processing lab in Batang Kali on July 6, which has been operational since last September,” he said adding that the police also seized chemicals and equipment to produce the drugs.

He added that drugs seized could have been supplied to 580,000 addicts.

Also seized were RM1.07mil of the syndicates’ assets, including RM703,000 in cash, and four luxury watches.

Comm Ramli said the syndicate would fly the Sarawakian mules to Kuala Lumpur to collect the drugs in hotels before flying them back to the state where it would be distributed locally or sold to Brunei and Indonesia.

The drugs would be packed as cereals and powdered drinks to avoid detection, he added.

“The syndicates have made 28 trips, and each trip consisted of one to three drug mules,” Comm Ramli said.