JOHOR BARU, Feb 4 — Johor police crippled a synthetic drug trafficking syndicate that specialises in distributing drug-laced drinks following a raid by the state Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) here on Friday.
Police arrested five individuals and seized an array of drugs and drug-laced drink packets during a raid at a house in Jalan Nusa Bestari, Skudai here on Friday.
Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said during the 12.10am raid, police seized various types of drugs worth about RM1.43 million.
“The syndicate members, aged between 22 and 50, comprised three local men, a local woman and a Vietnamese woman.
“The suspects had been under police radar and we had already been monitoring their activities over the past four months before the raid.
“We (police) believe that the syndicate members were using “creative marketing” tactics by using flavoured-beverage packaging such as mango-flavoured tea laced with synthetic drugs,” he said at the Johor police contingent headquarters here today.
Of late, synthetic drug-laced drinks have been the latest items seized by police during raids. The drinks, that first debuted in the Klang Valley club scene last year, have slowly made its way to Johor.
The drinks are said to be popular at clubs as consuming them is hassle-free unlike traditional means of snorting or smoking ketamine or crystal methamphetamines.
In the raid, Mohd Khalil said police seized 10.21kg of ecstasy powder, ketamine (5.62g), syabu (140.01g), eramin 5 (130 pills) and ecstasy (four pills).
“In addition to that, police also seized various equipment used for drug packing such as sealers and weighing scales,” he said, adding that police also seized two vehicles, an Audi TT coupe and Proton Saga, from the suspects.
The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for drug trafficking which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.