KUALA LUMPUR - A double life as parking attendants kept two wealthy drug traffickers under the police radar.
The men - both Malaysians - are believed to have been operating their million-ringgit business for the past five years.
However, their cover was blown when police received a tip-off and raided a house in Jalan Chow Kit here at about 10.30pm last Wednesday.
Police seized RM150,000 (S$56,050) worth of drugs identified as methamphetamine and equipment believed to be used in the processing of the drugs.
It is learnt that the two, aged 42 and 50, were "busy tidying up the place" when the raiding party moved in.
City police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said the suspects were detained after several months of surveillance by the contingents' narcotics department.
"There was about 1kg of drugs in the house," he said at a press conference yesterday.
"They had been renting the house for the past eight months.
"We believe that they were operating elsewhere before moving into the new premises.
"The house was only used to store the drugs and equipment. We are still trying to determine where the drug lab is," he said.
A background check, he added, revealed that the 50-year-old was a wanted man
"He has 13 convictions involving drugs, robbery and gang fight, while the 42-year-old has two drug-related convictions. Both tested positive," he said, adding that the suspects are being remanded until tomorrow.
The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.
In another case, police nabbed a 52-year-old Malaysian and his 20-year-old Vietnamese assistant for possession of drugs at a flat in Jalan Sungai Besi in Cheras, here, last Thursday.
SDCP Tajuddin said the Malaysian had employed the Vietnamese to help run his business for the past few months.
A pack containing 388gm of syabu and 100 Erimin 5 pills weighing 27gm worth about RM54,700 were seized in the premises.