Johor police bust drug ring, seize RM1.75 million worth of liquid syabu


MO,13/2/2018, MUAR: Police have busted a drug trafficking ring, specialising in distribution of liquid syabu, following the arrest of three people in three separate raids near Bakri on Monday. The police team raided three houses in the area and seized 0.86 grammes of heroin, 77.17 grammes of syabu and 16 erimin 5 pills worth about RM40,000.

Muar police chief Assistant Commissioner Zaharudin Rasip said two buckets, containing 25.5 kilogrammes of liquid syabu, worth RM1.75 million, were also seized at one of the houses. “Acting on a tip-off, a team from the district Narcotics Criminal Investigation Division conducted the raids and seized the drugs,” he said.

He added that the police were still investigating whether the liquid syabu, valued at about RM70,000 per kilogrammes, will be further processed at the houses or distributed for other uses. Also seized were RM250 in cash and a BMW worth RM80,000.

Zaharudin said the three suspects, aged between 35 and 43, have been remanded until next Monday. “Two of the suspects were tested positive for methamphetamine,” said Zaharudin.

He said the case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

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Burglary ring targeting luxury condos crippled


MO,9/2/2018, GEORGE TOWN: Police believe they have smashed a burglary syndicate targeting luxury condominiums in the country with the arrest of a Perak couple. Penang police chief Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan said the breakthrough was achieved when they picked up a husband and wife, aged 38 and 35 respectively, in a house in Klang, on Saturday.

“We found jewellery, cash including foreign currency, watches, handbags, commemorative coins, passports, a multi-purpose vehicle and other luxury items worth about RM300,000 during the raid,” Comm Thaiveegan told reporters at the state police contingent headquarters yesterday. He said the man had a criminal record for six cases involving drugs and break-ins. “We are looking for three other members of the syndicate,’’ he added.

Comm Thaiveegan said the syndicate, believed to have been active since 2015, could be involved in over 70 burglaries, including 20 in Penang. Losses were estimated at about RM1mil. “They would find a place to rent at the condos before breaking into adjacent units using a stun gun to attack their victims. They moved from place to place to avoid detection,” Comm Thaiveegan said.

The two suspects have been remanded till today but he said police would appeal for an extension. George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said the suspects were on the police radar after they broke into a condominium unit owned by a Malaysian-Japanese couple in Jelutong on Jan 30.

“We followed them all the way to Klang before their arrest,” he said. ACP Anuar said investigations revealed that the couple had about RM100,000 in bank savings and RM70,000 in fixed deposit.


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Cops bust KL black money ring


MO,29/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Police have busted a black money syndicate following the arrests of 10 men, who were operating in the city centre. Operating for more than a year, the syndicate has been conning victims with the promise of tripling their “investment”. “The syndicate would conduct a demonstration of washing ringgit notes, which would ‘magically’ turn into US dollars. “To further convince their victims, the syndicate would then ask them to change the dollar notes at a money changer to prove its authenticity,” Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Lazim said on Monday.

The first few dollar notes would be authentic but the rest of the investment, which could amount to as much as RM400,000, were fakes notes, he added. The victim would then be persuaded into paying for the chemical solution used to “wash” the money. The syndicate’s ruse was uncovered when a 45-year-old man reported the scam to the police after suspecting something amiss. “He almost fell for the scam after he verified the authenticity of US$500 recently ‘washed’ by the syndicate.

“He was planning to invest RM300,000 but luckily, a friend of his warned him that it was a scam and later lodged a report on the matter,” he said. Comm Mazlan said police raided hotel rooms in Kuala Lumpur and Puchong, Selangor, on Jan 10 and arrested the syndicate members – four Indonesians, four from Siera Leonne, and one each from Guinea and Palestine, aged between 28 and 49. “We believe they were also responsible for three cases of black money scams last year, with losses amounting to RM427,000.

“They are preying on the greed of their victims. People must remember there is no such thing as easy money,” he stressed. Two packages filled with fake US$100 notes and other items used for the black money demonstration were also seized, added Comm Mazlan. He also urged anyone with information on black money scams to call the Kuala Lumpur police hotline at 03-2115 9999 or the police operations centre at 03-2146 0522 (extension 584/585).


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