KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 – The police have crippled two drug syndicates with the arrest of five African nationals and a local woman in two separate raids here and also in Selangor. The foreigners comprised the three Nigerian men and two Ugandan women.
The police seized syabu weighing 14.13kg worth RM2.14 million in the raids at the Kepong Entrepreneurs Park and in Puchong, last Friday and Monday. Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (JSJN) deputy director Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim said the suspects, aged 24 to 36 were believed to have been operating in the country for the last six months.
“An African citizen is believed to be the mastermind of the syndicates which smuggled drugs through China by sea. To avoid detection by the authorities, the drugs were hidden in computer adapters and stainless steel water filters,” he told a press conference in Bukit Aman here yesterday.
Mohd Dzuraidi said in the first raid in Kepong at 11.45am, JSJN and Special Tactics and Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING) arrested two Nigerian men and an Ugandan woman. He said the trio were nabbed while packing syabu into water filters, adding the police seized 13.2kg of syabu valued at RM2 million. In the second raid Monday, the police nabbed a local woman, believed to be a drug mule, when they found 928 grammes syabu worth RM140,000 hidden in a computer adapter in her car in Puchong.
Subsequently, a Nigerian man and an Ugandan woman were picked up in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, said Mohd Dzuraidi, adding that the police did not rule out a link among the suspects detained in both raids. From Jan 1 this year until last Thursday, the police seized drugs worth RM58.37 million, while 2,155 foreigners and 47,300 locals were arrested for drug-related offences.