KUALA LUMPUR - With the current massive operations against illegal immigrants still ongoing, a drug smuggling syndicate from Chennai, India, is opting to go through Sarawak to send its products to Indonesia instead of through KL International Airport (KLIA).
The syndicate is now using a new smuggling route, by which the drugs are transported through Sarawak before being sent to Indonesia via drug mules. The drugs are from Chennai.
It is learnt that the syndicate previously used routes through KLIA before transporting the drugs to Indonesia. However, their movements have been detected, and the police managed to bust the syndicate with a seizure of RM1.9mil (S$740,000) worth of drugs and the arrest of seven syndicate members in raids in Sarawak, Johor and Kuala Lumpur.
Federal Narcotics Department director Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the police made a breakthrough with the arrest of a 27-year-old Indonesian in Jalan Lanang, Sibu in Sarawak, last week.
"We also seized 3.4kg of syabu, which the suspect had hidden in a sling bag. We believe the syndicate used the new route after we increased security at KLIA and in Sabah," he told a press conference at Bukit Aman yesterday.
Comm Noor Rashid said eight men, aged between 25 and 61, were arrested in subsequent raids at Taman Perling and Taman Desa Tebrau in Johor Baru, Jinjang in Kuala Lumpur and KLIA between Aug 28 and Aug 31.
He added that the raids were possible through the cooperation of Taiwan's Ministry of Justice-Investi-gation Bureau.