Drug trafficking syndicate busted using refrigerated lorries, 10 arrested

Published on 17 August 2021 at 00:16

JOHOR BARU: A local drug gang has been using frozen goods as a cover to transport ganja from Kelantan up south to Johor.


Police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said a syndicate was discovered using interstate travel letters to escape detection at roadblocks set up by authorities.


Ten suspects, including a woman, ages 26 to 48, were arrested during several raids in Kulai and around the state on Aug 8.


According to the report, two of the suspects are civil servants, while a third is a government executive. "Eight of them tested positive for drugs as well," he said at a press conference at the state police headquarters on Monday (Aug 16).


Comm Ayob said the syndicate has been active since December 2019 and uses refrigerated lorries to transport the drugs from the East to the South.


It is believed the syndicate acquired their drugs from a neighbouring country before delivering them to Kota Baru.


Drugs were hidden within the customized compartments of the truck. According to him, the suspects were captured while trying to transfer the drugs into a car during one of the raids.


In addition to the 175kg of ganja seized by police, they also seized six cars, two lorries, two motorcycles, various personal belongings, a bank account with RM6,972 and RM45,550 in cash from the suspects.


The seized items and drugs were worth RM797,762, and background checks showed seven of them had prior drug-related records.


The suspects will remain in custody until Aug 22 for investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

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