JOHOR BARU: A drug processing laboratory and a packing centre in Johor Baru and Kulai were among eight premises stormed by police in a series of raids in Johor and Selangor two days ago.
In the raids, police seized a variety of drugs such as Eramin 5, ecstacy and heroine worth RM3 million, which were produced in a drug laboratory in Tebrau and then packed at a packing centre in Kulai.
Police raided six other premises simultaneously, including one in Pinggiran Subang, Selangor believed to be the syndicate's storing and distribution centre. The raids were conducted by a team from Bukit Aman and Johor Narcotics Department.
Bukit Aman Narcotic Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the drugs were believed to be for distribution in three countries, namely Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
He added that special drug processing machines, believed to be purchased from Taiwan and China, were also seized from the drug processing lab in JP Perdana in Tebrau.
Mokhtar said 11 drug trafficking syndicate members, comprising of nine men and two women, aged between 29 and 63, were arrested and remanded for a week pending investigation.
"The drugs they produce can ruin the community as it can be distributed to more than 150,000 addicts nationwide," he said.
He said the syndicate was still new and had been operating for only several months before their illegal activities were busted by police.
Also seized were several luxury cars including a Lamborghini, a Toyota Harrier, a Nissan Fairlady and a Ford Ranger as well as jewelry, luxury watches and RM54,346 in cash in various currencies totaling RM2.5 million.