MALAYSIA - When Malaysian police raided several units of an apartment block in Muar, Johor, last September, they were on to a big thing. They seized 453kg of drugs and arrested three people.
The ringleader, however, slipped from their clutches and set up shop again in Batu Pahat. But the cops were not to be denied.
After a 10-month surveillance operation, they scored one of the biggest drug busts in the country, seizing more than a tonne of drugs from a house. This time, the mastermind could not get away.
The police have been following the case closely since last September and finally conducted an operation on Tuesday evening at Taman Flora Height housing estate here and seized 33 million ringgit (US$10.33 million) worth of various drugs and processing equipment from three houses used as drug labs and storage areas.
Federal Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) director Comm Noor Rashid Ibrahim said they found drugs such as syabu, pure heroin, ecstasy and ketamine and caffeine in pill, powder and liquid form, weighing a total of 1,156.022kg.
"So far, this is the biggest quantity of drugs seized in the country according to our records," he told a press conference at the Batu Pahat police headquarters here yesterday.
Police also found 1.83 million ringgit (S$720,000) in cash from the three locations and seized seven vehicles.
Comm Noor Rashid said police arrested six people for investigations under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.