'Raja Pot' Arrested, Largest Heroin Syndicate In Terengganu Crippled
KUALA TERENGGANU, May 30 (Bernama) -- Police have arrested "Raja Pot", a man who is high on police wanted list, along with his two accomplices in a special operation mounted over five hours in Kampung Gelugur, Binjai Rendah, Marang on Thursday night.
Police also found eight bottles containing 35.79gm of heroin worth RM11,200, and cash in various denominations worth RM13,000.
State Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department chief Supt Roslan Abd Wahid said the operation to nab the trio, whom he said were known for their violent tendencies, started at 11pm after a five-hour stakeout.
Police closed in on a Perodua Viva car with the three men inside and ordered them to alight, he said.
"In their attempt to flee, the driver reversed the car into a lamp post. They tried to speed off but police were ready and blocked their path with heavy vehicles," he told a news conference here.
The three men refused to give up and locked themselves inside, forcing police to break the window glass.
The trio bolted out of the car as soon as police opened the door but were quickly subdued and arrested.
Police found the drugs inside the car, he said.
Roslan said the main suspect, from Alur Limbat, Marang, who is in his 30's, had tried to ram police officers when he came upon them in a roadblock in Kampung Tebakang, Marang on May 13.
Initial investigation showed that the suspect and his accomplices had just returned from Thailand to obtain the drugs and had gone to the village to deliver them.
He said the suspect was believed to be a major heroin trafficker in Terengganu, plying his trade in Marang, Dungun, Hulu Terengganu and Kuala Terengganu which had about 150 to 200 drug addicts.
"He is elusive and had been moving about to avoid arrest. The syndicate had also been crossing the border, with transactions reaching RM100,000 a week," he said.
He said police were hunting for six or seven more members of the syndicate whose identities had been identified.
The trio had been remanded until Thursday to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death sentence.
May 30, 2010 14:48 PM