Drug smuggling syndicate member nabbed

KUCHING (BERNAMA) – Police believe they have uncovered a syndicate smuggling syabu and ecstasy drugs from Sarawak to Kalimantan in Indonesia, following the arrest of an Indonesian man.

Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Fisol Salleh said the 19-year-old suspect was nabbed in Sungai Paoh, Serian during the Op Benteng at 4pm on Saturday.

“We suspect he is a member of a syndicate smuggling syabu and ecstasy. Syabu fetches MYR50,000 per kilogramme in Sarawak but we were told it costs double over there (Kalimantan),” he told a press conference yesterday.

According to him, the smugglers used rat trails or illegal routes along the Malaysia-Indonesia border near Bau and Serian districts in Sarawak.

“We have obtained a court order to remand the suspect until January 2 and have also asked Bukit Aman to help identify other syndicates operating between Sarawak and Indonesia,” he added.

Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Fisol Salleh shows the seized drugs during a press conference yesterday. PHOTO: BERNAMA