BUKIT MERTAJAM (BERNAMA) – Police have busted a drug trafficking syndicate following the arrest of six men, including a Form Five student, and seizure of MYR118,565 worth of heroin and methamphetamine in a series of raids around Penang on Saturday.
Seberang Perai Tengah District Police Chief ACP Shafee Abd Samad said that based on information and intelligence gathered over the past two weeks, police detained a 17-year-old male student and a 26-year-old man by the roadside at Kampung Permatang Batu at 6.05pm and seized three packets containing 906 grammes (g) of methamphetamine in their pants pocket and the basket of the motorcycle they were on.
“Police also seized a gold necklace and pendant from the duo, before raiding the workers’ dormitory at a construction site in Taman Irama, Butterworth that served as the syndicate’s drug depot.
“Police seized 2,178.3g of methamphetamine and 112g of heroin at the dormitory before arresting another man, 31, at Flat Desa Wawasan, Sungai Rambai, but no drugs were found on him,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He said the man, who worked as a contract worker, was believed to be the mastermind behind the drug trafficking syndicate and investigations revealed he had six records relating to drug and criminal offences.
Shafee said police then raided a vehicle repair workshop in Sungai Bakap at about 12.05am yesterday and detained three more men, aged 20 to 23.
“Police also seized heroin and methamphetamine weighing 32.23g. Investigations revealed that all three men had criminal records and two of the suspects also tested positive for drugs,” he said, adding that police also seized three motorcycles, as well as a saloon car.
He said that the syndicate had been active for the past few months and that the suspects have been remanded for further investigations, with the case being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.