GEORGE TOWN (BERNAMA) – Penang police busted a syndicate processing unregistered medicines after arresting two brothers and a married couple and seizing various types of medicines worth MYR14 million in two raids on Thursday.
Penang police chief Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan said the raids were conducted in Bukit Mertajam and Butterworth jointly by the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department, Penang State Health Department (JKNPP) and the Malaysian Chemistry Department Penang.
He said the first raid was conducted on a factory at the Machang Indah Industrial Park, Bukit Mertajam at 10am.
“The police arrested three locals including the owner of the premises and a married couple, aged 48, 48 and 44. The factory was found to be processing unregistered pills and medicines.
JKNPP also seized 22 types of unregistered medicines worth MYR2 million. “Subsequently, police raided a shop in Taman Kencana, Butterworth for carrying out the same activity and detained a man, aged 50 years old, a sibling of the first suspect (premises owner) in the first raid.
‘’JKNPP also seized 156,777 bottles of various brands of unregistered medicines worth MYR12 million,“ he told a press conference, also attended by JKNPP Pharmacy Enforcement Branch chief Arnie Fadzilah yesterday.
Sahabudin said the investigation found that the syndicate had been carrying out unregistered drug processing activities at the factory and shop since early this year.
Preliminary investigation found that the unregistered drugs were believed used for weight gain.