Malaysia’s Johor records biggest drugs bust worth MYR201M

JOHOR BAHRU (BERNAMA) – Johor police made the biggest drug seizure in the history of the Malaysia’s Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) when they seized drugs worth MYR201 million in three raids around the city on January 14-15.

Johor Police Chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the bust followed investigations into 14 suspects of a drug smuggling and distribution syndicate who were caught on January 12.

He said, in the February 12, 2020 operation, the NCID had uncovered two drug processing laboratories and two stores where drugs worth MYR125.8 million were kept.

“Interrogation of the suspects led police to raid the three other locations which were used to store drugs namely a factory in Taman Mount Austin and two rented houses in Taman Setia Indah.

“In these raids, police found 3.2 tonnes of ecstasy powder, 26.1 kilogrammes of liquid ecstasy and 117 kilogrammes of Erimin 5 powder, all of which are estimated could have been used by 11 million drug addicts,” he told a press conference, which was also attended by his deputy Khaw Kok Chin yesterday.

Johor Police Chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay views the seized drugs after a press conference at the Johor Contingent Police Headquarters. PHOTO: BERNAMA

He said police also seized four luxury vehicles, MYR5 million in cash, foreign currency worth MYR231,961; 30 types of jewellery valued at MYR124,435; three high-end watches worth MYR250,000 and 62 bank accounts with money totalling MYR1.23 million.

“The total haul (drugs and assets) amounts to MYR210.52 million,” he said, adding that two local men, aged 34 and 38, were also arrested on suspicion they were involved with the syndicate.

Ayob Khan said one of the suspects was a mechanic who was responsible for modifying vehicle compartments to hide drugs.

“This syndicate has been in operation since 2018 and rents factory premises and houses to store and process drugs.

“The two suspects are on remand for seven days from the date of their arrests and are being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” he said.

Ayob Khan explained that with this latest case, the total drug seizure by Johor police since January 12 amounted to MYR341.79 million, and assured that police would be roping in the remnants of the syndicate.