SHAH ALAM (Bernama) – Police believe they have busted a drug smuggling syndicate with the seizure of 56kg of heroin worth RM8.4 million hidden in furniture from Pakistan and the arrest of 13 people in two raids in Semenyih on Jan 24.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the heroin was hidden in special compartments in wooden furniture during assembling in the factory in Pakistan.
The furniture was then exported to Malaysia through normal procedures using containers to avoid being detected by the authorities, he told a press conference yesterday.
The first raid on a double storey shophouse in Semenyih at 1.30am led to the seizure of heroin hidden in 72 pieces of furniture kept in four wooden cupboards.
Noor Rashid said they also arrested 11 people comprising four Pakistani men, four Indonesian men, two local men and a local woman believed involved in the drug smuggling syndicate.
“As follow-up, the police made a second raid at 2.15am on the same day on a premise in Bandar Sri Tanjung, Semenyih and arrested two more Pakistani men.
“We also seized a plastic packet believed containing cathinone (khat leaves) weighing 83 grammes.
“Police have been monitoring the movement of this Pakistani syndicate since last year. Investigation revealed that some of the heroin seized was to be smuggled into Indonesia by sea.”
The police also seized three vehicles; a Proton Iswara, a Proton Persona and a Perodua Kancil, believed used by the drug syndicate members.
Noor Rashid said police believed several members of the drug smuggling syndicate are still at large and are tracking them down.
All the suspects, aged between 26 years to 62 years, were remanded until Jan 30 to aid investigation under Section 39 (B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.