Malaysian police nab suspected drug syndicate leader after 2 years

Malaysian police nab suspected drug syndicate leader after 2 years

SINGAPORE - A 46-year-old Singaporean drug syndicate leader who is believed to be supplying heroin and 'Ice' to drug traffickers in Singapore has been arrested after a two-year long investigation.

The suspect was nabbed on on Wednesday, Feb 4 in Johor Bahru by officers from the Malaysian police's Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID), after the two-year joint investigation by NCID and Singapore's Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). According to CNB, the syndicate which he operated was based in Malaysia.

NCID officers raided the suspect's "drug store" and residence in Malaysia, and seized about 580g of heroin, 370g of 'Ice', 350g of ketamine, 150 'Ecstasy' tablets, 4,450 Erimin-5 tablets and cash amounting to $13,613.

According to CNB, the Malayia-based syndicate is believed to have been coordinating a drug supply chain, supplying mainly heroin and 'Ice' to Singaporean drug traffickers. Other drugs trafficked by the syndicate included 'Ecstasy', ketamine, Erimin-5 and cannabis.

The syndicate is believed to be capable of supplying about 4.5kg of heroin, 500g of "Ice", 1kg of cannabis and other controlled drugs into Singapore per week. According to CNB, 4.5kg of heroin and 500g of "Ice" can feed the addiction of about 2,100 heroin addicts and 280 "Ice" addicts in a week.

CNB started investigations into the trafficking activities of the syndicate in Dec 2012. In total, CNB had launched 14 operations between Dec 2012 and Feb 2015, which saw the arrest of 40 drug offenders and seizure of about 8kg of heroin, about 1.7kg of "Ice", about 1.9kg of cannabis and other drugs.

Director CNB Ng Ser Song said: "The successful conclusion of the protracted investigation against this drug syndicate is a result of the firm resolve and commitment of CNB and NCID to take down drug syndicates. Drug syndicates operate with no respect for national borders."

"CNB will continue to collaborate with our regional counterparts to tackle the drug scourge to stop the flow of drugs, both upstream and at street level," he added.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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