Penang Police Cripple Three Drug Syndicates

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GEORGE TOWN, Jun 19 – Police crippled three drug smuggling syndicates and seized RM300,000 worth of the contraband in raids conducted at three locations in Penang over the past week.

State police chief Datuk A. Thaiveegan said the first raid was conducted at 12.45am on June 10, during which police arrested a 42-year-old man and seized drugs worth RM26,260 from a sling bag he was carrying.

“Following the arrest, we detained a 36-year-old man at the Penang Bridge at 5pm the same day and also various drugs worth RM21,000 from the suspect,” he told reporters here today.

He said the third raid was conducted on June 14 at a house in Air Itam, where two men and a woman were arrested and heroine valued at RM249,500 was seized.

A total of 18.62kg of heroine, 52.7gm of Ketamine, 200 ecstasy pills and 2,400 eramin 5 pills were seized in the raids, he said, adding that police also seized drug-processing equipment, a motorcycle and a car worth RM71,600.

In another development, Thaiveegan said the police were looking for a 36-year-old man who escaped police arrest during an incident at Jalan Macallum last night.

He said the suspect attempted to drive into a policeman causing the police to fire a shot at the wheel of the Proton Waja he was driving.

“However, the suspect managed to escape on foot after leaving his car at a dead end at Lebuh Carnavon. There were drug paraphernalia and a parang in the suspect’s car,” he added. — Bernama

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