$1.8 million worth of ketamine in tea packets seized

SUBANG JAYA - It was "tea time" with a difference when RM5.6 million (S$1.85 million) worth of drugs were found stashed inside packets of Chinese tea at the back of a car.

Bukit Aman's massive drug bust of 92.7kg of what was believed to be ketamine took place on Friday night.

"A drug dealer was then arrested in Jalan Jengka," said Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) deputy director DCP Zulkifli Ali.

"The drugs were found in sacks at the back of his car. Follow-up arrests of another two persons were made on the same day at a rest stop in Sungai Buloh.

"All suspects, aged between 41 and 54, have been remanded until Feb 8," he told a press conference yesterday.

The arrests were made after police had monitored their movement for some time.

The drugs were meant for distribution within the Klang Valley.

"We estimate the amount could have been used by 300,000 users," he added.

Three cars and RM8,000 in cash were also seized as part of the investigation.

On another matter, DCP Zulkifli noted that there was an increase in cases of Malaysians being used as drug mules.

While no statistics were shared, he said the trend of late showed that a mule could earn between RM5,000 and RM10,000 per trip.

"The majority of those arrested were aware of what they were being paid to smuggle," he said.

DCP Zulkifli also shared that a "recruiter" working for a drug cartel was busted recently after he sent five Malaysians to Latin American countries.

"He would send mules there, and they would pick up the drugs to be distributed elsewhere," he said.

The NCID, he said, had arrested 17,363 suspects nationwide within the past one month.

"The net worth of the drugs seized was about RM90mil," he said.