KUALA LUMPUR – Three of the 16 members of a syndicate detained last Sunday in connection with the seizure of processed ecstasy pills worth RM28 million, were believed to have shared their expertise on drug making while serving time in prison.
Bukit Aman Narcotics CID deputy director Datuk Haris Wong Abdullah said the three local men were former inmates of the Simpang Renggam Detention Centre in Johor.
“As soon as they were released in June, they teamed up to set up a drug processing laboratory in a Jerantut bungalow,” he said.
He said the trio were among 16 nabbed in 10 simultaneous raids beginning 4am, at locations around Jerantut, Pahang and the Klang Valley on Sunday.
At a media conference in the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman here today, Harris said the police nabbed six people in Jerantut and 10 others in the Klang Valley.
He said the suspects comprised nine local men, three local women, two Chinese nationals and two Vietnamese women.
He said in the operation, the police raided a bungalow in which was a laboratory processing ecstasy pills. The building also served as a store for drugs.
Harris added that the police seized 201kg of ecstasy pills and five kilogrammes of cocaine, as well as various equipment used to process the pills.
Among others, the police made arrests at several locations in the federal capital, Selayang, Kepong, Sri Muda, Gombak and Bandar Sri Damansara. Harris said one of the police raids saw the seizure of 77kg of ecstasy at a condominium in Kepong.
“Apart from that, the police also seized RM800,000, including foreign currencies, two branded watches as well as 10 vehicles of various makes with the total amount of seizures valued at RM2.4 million,” he said, adding that all suspects aged between 18 and 50, were remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations.