IPOH, Feb 13 — The National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) yesterday raided an entertainment outlet that sold mango-flavoured drinks laced with drugs and arrested 22 people.
The outlet located in Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh was raided at 3am as part of a day-long AADK prevention operation carried out in the Kinta district.
The 22 arrested included five workers and 10 guest relation officers.
AADK chief assistant enforcement director Zolkifli Mohd Dom said all 22 tested positive for drugs.
He said that the workers at the outlet initially refused to allow AADK enforcement officers into the premise, forcing the personnel to seize the remote control that locked its automatic doors.
“The drug-laced drinks were sold in packages and cost RM300, with other drugs and alcoholic drinks,” Zolkifli told a press conference here today.
“Some of the customers we spoke to claimed they were unaware that their drinks were laced with methamphetamine, but others admitted that they knew about the drugs.”
Zolkifli said the agency was still determining how long the outlet had been selling the ‘special’ mango flavoured drinks.
He said the method of ingesting methamphetamine in drinks had recently gained a foothold in nightclubs nationwide.
“There are other fruity flavours like strawberry. So far, our investigations indicate that it is mainly circulated in entertainment joints.”
“It is more difficult for us to detect the drug-laced drinks because they look like normal drinks. We only confirmed the presence of methamphetamine when the suspects were taken for urine test,” he said
In total, 55 people around Ipoh — consisting of 45 men and 10 women — were arrested during the operation, which began at 5.30am yesterday and ended 24 hours later.
The detainees arrested were from areas in Chemor, Silibin, Ulu Kuang, Jelapang, Manjoi, Tambun and Tanjung Rambutan — in addition to the entertainment lounge.
Perak AADK deputy enforcement director Azman Hashim said 34 of them tested positive for methamphetamine, while another 18 tested positive for opiates.
Another two were found with traces of marijuana in their system and one tested positive for a mixture of marijuana and opiates.
Azman said the agency would be applying to remand the detainees for 14 days.
“One of the notable arrests was a 19-year-old man who worked as a runner for a drug addict’s den in Chemor,” said Azman.
“He had been involved in using and selling drugs since he left school after the Peniliaian Menengah Rendah examinations.”