IPOH - A man who is believed to have made a fortune from his illicit drug business has been nabbed here and his personal belongings worth RM1.2 million (S$470,000), which included two houses and several cars, have been seized.
The seizures were made in separate raids at Kampung Rapat here over the weekend.
The suspect, in his 30s, was believed to have processed and trafficked drugs that had fetched about RM4mil over the past 10 months.
However, no drugs were found at his two houses during the raids on Nov 16 and Nov 17.
"We believe he has sold off all the drugs after processing them," Perak narcotics chief Asst Comm Roslan Abdul Wahid said at a press conference here Thursday.
The man was arrested under Section 3 (1) of the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985 in the first raid at one of the houses at about 2.30pm on Saturday.
The seizures made were a Mercedes Benz CLS, a Toyota Caldina, a Honda Odyssey, an Isuzu D-Max and a motorcycle as well as some jewellery.
The next day, the police raided the suspect's other house and seized two Proton Perdana and his bank book.
The total worth of the seizures over the two days, including the two houses and the frozen bank account, was RM1.2 million.
It is understood that the man did not use his own homes for his drug business.
ACP Roslan said the man's modus operandi was to rent houses to become his "laboratory" to process drugs.
"If he senses his location has been compromised, he will leave and find a new place.
"This initially made it difficult for the police to track him down," he said.
ACP Roslan said the RM 4million worth of drugs the man had allegedly produced were based on police investigations that in the 10 months of his operation, he had processed 40lb (or 18.14kg) of the heroin monthly, with each pound (0.45kg) worth about RM10,000.
His wife, who wished not to be named, lives in Sepang, Selangor. She said she did not know about her husband's shady activities when asked about his arrest.