Malaysian drug ring laces tea, energy drinks with Ecstasy

Malaysian drug ring laces tea, energy drinks with Ecstasy

Drug syndicates in Malaysia have found a way to offer those who consume energy drinks a new high, by lacing them with crushed Ecstasy pills.

Police are believed to have crippled a "large-scale" Ecstasy-processing den by seizing more than 35,000 Ecstasy pills, worth RM3.5 million (S$1.37m).

The raid took place at a condominium in Kuala Lumpur last week, The Star reported.

"We found that they were crushing the pills and mixing them into packets of tea powder and other energy drinks," said investigating offi­cer Inspector Muhammad Shah Rezza Abdul Rahim.

"We found 12kg packets of Chinese aromatic tea which had been mixed with several kinds of Ecstasy pills and then repackaged.

"Syndicates were also mixing Red Bull with crushed-up pills and selling them in small dropper bottles. We have never seen anything like this before," he remarked.

The new find was of great concern as it allowed syndicates to distribute drugs in an inconspicuous manner, said Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Commissioner Noor Rashid Ibrahim.

He also an­­nounced the recent arrests of three drug mules who attempted to smuggle more than RM1.7 million worth of methamphetamine through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

One of them was a South African who arrived in the country from Johannesburg. He was found carrying 5.3kg of syabu (Ice) inside two bottles of bodybuilding protein supplements.

A week later, two Iranian men were held for attempting to smuggle 3.6kg of syabu powder stuffed inside the spaces in between cardboard sheets used to line the sides of their bags.

All three have been remanded for seven days and face the death penalty if found guilty, he said.

This article was first published on Oct 12, 2014.
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