MUAR: The huge drug haul at a posh apartment here on Sunday was part of a police operation involving five locations, which netted more than RM68 million worth of drugs.
Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said five raids were carried out simultaneously on three apartments and two houses here at 6.30am on Sunday.
One of the apartments was in Jalan Junid, which led to the arrest of a couple, a male accomplice and the seizure of of RM20 million worth of drugs. Mokhtar said seven suspects aged between 24 and 50, including two women, were nabbed.
The raids were conducted by a team from the state and district Narcotics Criminal Investigations Departments.
Mokhtar said the drugs had a street value of more than RM68 million and could supply about 2.2 million people.
"We believe the drugs are for export and distribution to neighbouring states such as Malacca, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur," Mokhtar said at a press conference here yesterday.
The seized drugs comprised 34.045kg of syabu, 13.915kg of heroin, 41.825kg of ketamine, 392.54kg of ecstasy, 30,500 pills of Eramin 5 and 698.88kg of caffeine (698.875 kg).
Police also seized a pistol with seven bullets, RM9,268, two cars worth RM450,000 and jewellery worth RM6,704.
At one of the apartments which had been converted into a drug processing laboratory, police also seized several prized Arowana fish worth between RM200,000 and RM300,000.
Mokhtar said five of the seven suspects tested positive for drugs and two of them had criminal records.
Present at the press conference were state Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department chief Assistant Commissioner Kamarudin A. Aziz and Muar police chief Assistant Commisioner of Police Mohamad Nasir Ramli.
"The arrest and drug seizure marked the beginning of the case. There will be more arrests and we are determined to get all the members of the syndicate."
Mokhtar, however, did not reveal how long the syndicate had been in operation. The suspects have been remanded until Sept 16.