KUALA LUMPUR - Syndicates are getting desperate by resorting to courier services to import drugs and hiding the "shipment" in women's handbags and even toys, including a toy bike.
The Nigerian-run syndicate, which imports syabu from China, has been operating for more than a year.
The were finally busted when police raided several condomuniums in Petaling Jaya and seized 13.5kg of syabu with a street value of RM2.7mil.
Police arrested six men - four Nigerians studying at private colleges in Petaling Jaya and two Malaysians who were hired as "runners" by the syndicate. The suspects were between 27 and 44.
Federal Narcotics Criminal Investigations director Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the syndicate was importing syabu from a supplier in China by using the courier services to mask their activities.
"They had secret compartments in items such as a toy bike and handbags.
"However, no matter how they try, we are always able to uncover their sinister activities," he told a press conference in Bukit Aman yesterday.
Comm Noor Rashid said that police had not rule out the possibility that the syndicate was using Malaysia as a transit point before trafficking the drugs to other countries.