KOTA BARU - A major drug ring operating in the state has been crippled with the arrest of six suspects, including the kingpin and a woman, in a swoop by local police and a special tactical group from Bukit Aman.
Police also seized RM1.5mil (S$600,000) worth of amphetamine and ill-gotten cash running to hundreds of thousands, and took into custody a two-year-old boy, believed to be the son of one of the suspects.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mazlan Lazim said the suspects, aged between 24 and 34, were picked up at several locations here on Sunday.
"This is the biggest haul so far this year, and we believe that we have cut the pipeline that is bringing the drugs here from a neighbouring country.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg in the police's efforts to curb the increasing use of synthetic drugs, especially amphetamine, within a period of 10 years," he told reporters at the state police contingent here yesterday.
Both Bukit Aman and Kelantan police, said DCP Mazlan, scored the breakthrough when they arrested a couple, who was with their child, in a car at the basement of a shopping mall.
"We found 38,817 amphetamine pills weighing some 4.3kg in a bag.
"Following this, we arrested four more suspects and seized RM346,813 in cash, 200,000 Thai bhat, jewellery worth RM17,810 and three vehicles.
"All the suspects have been remanded for a week for investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952," he said, adding that the drugs were believed to be for local consumption.
He did not rule out more arrests soon.