JOHOR BARU: Police arrested a union that specialized in hiding drugs in modified fire extinguishers before smuggling them via refrigerated trucks in Singapore.
Johor Police Chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said nine people were arrested by the Criminal Narcotics Investigation Department (NCID) following multiple raids in the town.
The raids were based on information shared between the Singapore Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), Bukit Aman NCID and Johor Police.
“The raid was carried out from 1:20 pm to 2 pm on Sunday, May 30 at several locations around Johor Baru, where we arrested seven local men, an Indonesian and a local woman.
“All the suspects are between the ages of 26 and 40,” he said in a statement on Tuesday (June 1).
He added that one of the suspects tested positive for methamphetamine, and background checks revealed that three of the suspects had criminal records.
“Investigations revealed that the union’s modus operandi hid the drugs in modified fire extinguishers before placing them on a truck carrying ice for Singapore,” he said, adding that the group had been operating for three months.
Comm Ayob also said the operation was successful in seizing 7.12 kg of cannabis, 4.52 kg of syabu and 3.11 kg of heroin, all with a market value of RM 215,283.20.
He added that the police also seized eight cars worth 172,000 RM, 1,200 RM in cash and various jewelry worth 11,693 RM.
The suspects are currently in pre-trial detention for a week beginning May 31 to assist with investigations under Section 39B and Section 15 (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which entails the mandatory death penalty on conviction.