Intoxicating 'tea leaf' gang busted

Intoxicating 'tea leaf' gang busted

KUALA LUMPUR - A drug mule decided to go for it alone and make it big. With the contacts he had made as a runner, he posed as a tea merchant, brought in top-grade drugs from Myanmar and had been about to ship the drugs to Australia and Indonesia when the cops moved in.

In the biggest drug bust in the country's history, police raided two rented houses, arrested four men and a woman and seized an assortment of drugs worth an estimated RM50mil (S$19 million). Police also confiscated nine luxury cars - several of which had secret compartments - two laptops, jewellery and RM51,229 in cash.

The drugs - top-grade heroin, party pills and syabu - were packed to look like high-end Chinese tea packets.

The group was planning to move out of one of the houses this Sunday after shipping off the drug stash.

Police said they were hunting for the mastermind behind the syndicate and expected to make more arrests soon.

The simultaneous raids, in Cheras and Sungai Long, beginning at 8.45pm on Monday followed more than six months of surveillance. All the suspects were locals.

Federal Narcotics Crime Inves­tigation Department director Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said that 209.96kg of syabu, 40.47kg of heroin and 26.85kg of ecstasy pills were seized.

"Initial investigations revealed that the houses were used as stores for the drugs. We believe the group had been operating for a while, but we started following them early this year," he said at a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters here.

"We believe the syndicate moved from place to place every two months to evade the authorities."

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