KUALA LUMPUR - A friendship with an Iranian man led a 23-year-old Malaysian woman into joining a drug syndicate in an effort to live lavishly.
It is learnt that the woman was slowly roped into the group after becoming friends with the foreigner for several months.
It is also learnt that the lucrative drug trade influenced the woman, who worked at an IT company here, to join the syndicate.
Federal Narcotics Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the two were arrested at a restaurant in Desa Sri Hartamas following a series of raids by the Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group last week.
"She was among eight people, including the kingpin, nabbed last Wednesday and Thursday. The busts started at about 2am and ended around 7am the following day," he told reporters at a press conference at the federal police headquarters yesterday.
The suspects, aged between 22 and 46, were picked up at five separate locations, including at two high-end condominium units at the Royal Regent in Jalan Kuching, Mont Kiara, Penchala Link Highway and Desa Sri Hartamas.
Comm Noor Rashid added that the syndicate was active in smuggling in large quantities of drugs to be marketed in the region.
"We are confident that we have crippled another drug syndicate that was actively operating in the country with the arrest of the eight," he said.
"A total of 7.4kg of methamphetamine worth about RM1.1million (S$428,000) and seven luxury cars were seized," he said.
The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.