JOHOR BARU: Police busted a drug laboratory believed to have been mixing sleeping pills with Ecstasy powder to produce a more potent drug for the market.
The sleeping pill, called Atarax, is also used to suppress anxiety.
Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said more than RM1 million worth of drugs were seized from a double-storey terrace house at Taman Desa Harmoni at 1.30am on Wednesday.
He said two men and a woman, aged 35 to 39, were asleep in the house when police entered.
"This is yet another big seizure in Johor, following the seizure of RM68 million worth of drugs in five simultaneous raids in Muar last Sunday.
"We believe the Muar and Johor Baru cases are linked. Those involved in illegal businesses are always linked to each other," he said yesterday.
The suspects, all locals, are being remanded until Sept 20.
A urine test carried out on them showed they were on drugs.
They are being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Among the drugs seized were ketamine powder, ecstasy powder, Ecstasy pills and eramin pills.
Also seized from the premises were three cars, including two bearing Singapore registration plates,several laptops, tablets and paraphernalia used for drug-making.