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GEORGE TOWN -- Police believe they have crippled a local drug syndicate active in several states after uncovering three syabu processing laboratories in simultaneous raid in Selangor, Penang and Kedah yesterday.
Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said following public tip-offs and months of investigation, a team from the Bukit Aman Narcotics Investigation Department with the cooperation of the Narcotics Unit from Kedah and Penang arrested 16 people including two women.
He said in the first raid on a terrace house in Klang, Selangor, police detained 11 people including two women and seized 228g of syabu and drug processing equipment.
Subsequently, police conducted another raid on an orchard in Kampung Kemunting Karangan in Kulim, Kedah.
There, police arrested three men who were packing drugs in a hut believed to be a drug processing lab.
Noor Rashid said after investigating the arrested suspects, police held the third raid in Bukit Tambun, Penang where they nabbed two men who were believed to be directly involved in the processing and distribution of syabu.
"Our investigations revealed the three labs were linked to one another," he told reporters here today. - Bernama