27.9kg heroin seized in raid on drug lab

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    27.9kg heroin seized in raid on drug lab

    GEORGE TOWN: Police seized 27.9kg of heroin with “pandan flavouring” and 0.46kg of ketamine with a street value of nearly RM2mil from an apartment turned into a drug processing laboratory in Bukit Jambul.

    The seizure is the biggest heroin bust in Penang so far this year.

    Also recovered during the 7.30pm raid on Friday were 85kg of caffeine, 24 bottles of flavouring and paraphernalia used to produce heroin.

    State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakob said the discovery of the drug laboratory followed the arrest of two men in Jelutong four hours earlier.

    He said the two, in their 40s, were believed to be in the midst of a drug transaction when they were nabbed.

    “We seized 4.5kg of heroin from them,” he told a press conference at the state police contingent headquarters yesterday.

    DCP Ayub said police also seized two cars - a Hyundai Atos and a Honda Civic - from the suspects.

    Police had been monitoring them for the past three months.

    One of the suspects has two prior criminal records.

    “He was released from prison last year but is already back to his old business,” he said.

    State Narcotics Department chief Supt R.S.S. Batumalai said drug syndicates had embarked on a new trend of mixing heroin with certain flavourings to woo customers.

    “We have come across many type of flavourings in our raids but this is the first time we came across pandan.

    “We believe this is in hot demand as half of the heroin seized was mixed with this type of flavouring,” he added.

    Sunday May 16, 2010

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