GEORGE TOWN: Penang police scored a major success in its fight against the drug menace with the arrest of a man and the seizure of an assortment of drugs worth RM1.14 million last Wednesday.

The 54-year-old suspect, who has the expertise to manufacture his own drugs, was arrested at his rented house in Taman Permai, Bukit Tengah, on mainland Penang.

Deputy state police chief Datuk Roslee Chik said among the drugs seized were 15,300gm of syabu (worth RM760,120), 12,650 ecstasy pills (RM379,500) and 78.6gm of heroin (RM3,930).

It is one of Penang police’s biggest drug seizures of the year.

Police also took possession of an Audi A6 worth RM80,000.

“The suspect was detained in front of his house.

“Checks inside his home revealed 15 packets of red plastic bags, believed to contain the drugs, packed in Chinese tea leaf packets at a prayer altar.

“Further checks upstairs revealed the remainder of the drugs.

“The suspect is a hardcore (addict) who has been actively processing the drugs. When detained, his urine tested positive for methamphetamine,” he told newsmen here, today.

Roslee said the suspect has a police record of nine drug-related and other offences.

The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction, he added.

Deputy state police chief Datuk Roslee Chik (fourth, right) said among the drugs seized were 15,300gm of syabu (worth RM760,120), 12,650 ecstasy pills (RM379,500) and 78.6gm of heroin (RM3,930). (Pic by Shahnaz Fazlie Shahrizal)