Home-based drug lab smashed

KUANTAN - Just 21, he learned to make drugs from the Internet and persuaded his family to join him and turn their home into a syabu processing laboratory.

Following a public tip-off, the young man and his family were detained by the police in an ambush at their double-storey house in Jalan Haji Ahmad here at around 1.30am on Sunday.

Pahang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Seri Sharifuddin Abdul Ghani said that upon checking a room upstairs, the raiding party found various drug processing materials as well as 3.49g of syabu, 125.39g of half-processed syabu, and 3,335.66g of meth oil and chemical solutions such as hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide.

"The raw items were worth RM274,200 and could produce some 2.5kg of syabu for the black market.

"There was also a menu detailing the steps to produce the illegal substance, complete with a warning to not get caught by the authorities," he said, adding that the police also seized three cars, two motorcycles and RM400 in cash.

SDCP Sharifuddin said a 58-year-old Thai national, who worked at the house as a cook, was also detained.

All eight detainees have been remanded until Nov 2 to help in investigations, he told a press conference here yesterday.

Four of the seven family members, aged 15 to 69, were women.

Urine tests on the three men found they were positive for methamphetamine.

All seven face charges under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

The mastermind of the family drug business is believed to be the 21-year-old man, who had allegedly learned the methods of making drugs two months ago through the Internet.

SDCP Sharifuddin said the father has four previous drug-related offences, including three arrests under the special preventive measures.