KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 (Bernama) -- Police busted an international drug trafficking syndicate with the arrest of an Iranian couple and seizure of RM40 million worth of syabu oil in separate raids in the Klang Valley recently.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Wira Muhammad Sabtu Osman said in the raids on July 22 and 23, police also seized items and equipment used to make the drug.
He said that acting on information, the first operation was conducted near a fastfood restaurant in Jalan Prima Kepong where police arrested a 39-year-old Iranian man at about 8.50pm.
"Police had received a report from a real estate agent over his suspicion of the smell coming from a rented townhouse which be managed and suspected it was used as a lab to process drugs.
"The real estate agent then arranged a meeting with the suspect before the police nabbed him (suspect) near the fastfood restaurant," he told reporters, here Monday.
He said following interrogation, police raided the house in Sri Hartamas where they found nine plastic drums filled with 327.6 litres of dark liquid believed to be syabu oil (methamphetamine oil) which could be used to produce 200kg of syabu.
He said police also seized several items like test tubes, plastic bags for packing the drug, burners, empty containers, large bags and liquids such as methanol.
"The following day at about 2.50pm, police arrested the suspect's 34-year-old wife, also an Iranian, at their house in Sunway SPK, Damansara.
"On inspecting the RM1.5 million two-storey house, police seized several items including a book on how to process syabu and sealers believed to be used in the drug processing operation."
He said based on records in their passports, the couple was involved in business and had been living in Malaysia for four years now, but from the police investigation, they were found to have lived here for 10 years.
Muhammad Sabtu said police had sealed the couple's house in Damansara, and a Proton Waja car and Perodua Kelisa believed to have been bought with money from drug trafficking in the Klang Valley.
The man who was tested positive for ketamine, syabu and amphetamine, and his wife, a housewife, are being remanded for seven days until July 29 to facilitate the police investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drus Act 1952.
"This is the biggest seizure this year and from the investigation so far, we believe the items used to process syabu might have been obtained from within Malaysia except the methamphetamine oil," said Muhammad Sabtu.
He said police were now looking for another man believed to be a member of the syndicate and hiding in a neighbouring country.
July 26, 2010
Malaysian National News Agency