KOTA BARU - A major drug distribution syndicate was believed to have been crippled with the arrest of seven people, including a police lance corporal, in Kelantan and the Klang Valley on May 1.
Drugs weighing 19.1kg valued at about RM3 million (S$1.15 million) were seized. RM1 million worth of properties were also nabbed.
Federal Narcotics Criminal Investigations director Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the lone policeman, aged 28, served at Sentul police station.
All seven, aged between 24 and 48, were arrested during operations by Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group with the assistance from the Kelantan police.
Noor Rashid said the drug haul included 6,969 methamphetamine pills, 1.73gm of ketamine and 15 ecstasy pills.
"Apart from the policeman, the other six comprise two Thai citizens and four locals."
He said initial investigations showed that the seven arrested were members of a Kuala Lumpur-based syndicate that had been active in trafficking drugs for the past few years.
"However, police only received tip-offs early this year and began monitoring their activities until the arrest of some of its members.
"Police will continue to track down the rest of the syndicate."
Noor Rashid said the seizure was the biggest so far in Kelantan and believed that more arrests would be made in the coming months.