African drug syndicates busted

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police busted two African drug syndicates, seizing drugs worth RM2mil with the arrest of six men.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the arrests were made on Monday and Tuesday following the department’s joint surveillance with the Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotic Group.

In the first case, two Nigerian men, aged 31 and 37, were detained in a car along MRR2 at 6.15pm on Monday.

A check of their vehicle found 292 chunks of drugs, believed to be cocaine, packed in several chocolate wrappers.

“The arrests led us to a house in Sri Damansara where we picked up two men –  a South African and a Republic of Guinea citizen – at 9.30pm.

“A total 1.6kg of cocaine and 800g of syabu were also seized there,” he said.

Comm Mohd Mokhtar added that the drugs, weighing about 8.26kg, were worth RM1.8mil.

“They’re meant to be marketed in Canada and Thailand,” he said.

In a separate case, police confiscated 20 chunks of drugs worth about RM200,000 stuffed in 20 closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV).

The 1kg of drugs, identified as syabu, were seized during a bust at a low-cost apartment in Bandar Damai, Cheras on Wednesday. A 34-year-old Ghana man was arrested in the 2pm bust.

“Checks by police found that the drugs were smuggled in from China via courier services. The arrest also led us to another Nigerian man, aged 31, whom we picked up at a house in Laman Rimbunan, Kepong several hours later,” he said.

Comm Mohd Mokhtar said four out of the six detained held passports.

“We are liaising with the Immigration Department to check whether the travel documents are genuine,” he said.

Police are also checking if the suspects were genuine students at private colleges in the Klang Valley.

The suspects in the first case are being remanded until June 29 while the duo in the second case are remanded until June 30.

-The Star

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