KUALA LUMPUR: Police crippled a drug syndicate this week with the seizure of RM1.7 million worth of narcotics intended for sale on the local and international markets.

The seizures were made as part of four raids on Wednesday, during which three local men aged between 29 and 56 – believed to be members of the drug syndicate – were arrested at different locations in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

Federal police Narcotic Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said police also seized 13kg of ketamine, 2,160 packets of a drink powder mixed with ecstasy weighing 19.44kg, and 12.94kg of precursor chemical, ephedrine.

“The raid was carried out by Bukit Aman's Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting).

“Police also confiscated a Proton Persona and a Perodua Myvi worth an estimated RM45,000 in total,” he said at a press conference here on Friday.

The raids were conducted between 4.15pm and 6.50pm at four housing areas.

Two of the suspects were detained in Taman Bukit Serdang, while the third was arrested in Jinjang Selatan.

The fourth raid was carried out in Bandar Putra Damai.

All three suspects, who tested positive for drugs, are being detained under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code to facilitate investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

One of the suspects has a criminal record with two previous arrests under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting.

Mohmad attributed the operation’s success to police’s commitment to disrupting the illicit drug trade.

He added that the war on drugs, however, is becoming more challenging by the day, as evident in the increasing number of drugs seizures and busts of drug-processing laboratories.

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Federal police Narcotic Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh (centre) shows the drugs that were seized. Pic by ASWADI ALIAS