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


SINDIKET PENGEDARAN DADAH TUMPAS / IPD MUAR

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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Customs seize 880kg of drugs worth RM18 million


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MO,29/1/2018, NILAI: The Royal Customs Department has crippled a drug syndicate and seized RM18 million worth of drugs weighing a total of 880 kilogrammes. Its director general Datuk Seri T Subromaniam said the department received a tip off from the public and a team of enforcement officers raided a storage premises in Kajang, Selangor last Friday at 11.30pm.

During the raid, the department confiscated 31 sacks of heroin weighing 776 kilogrammes and six sacks of ketamine weighing a total of 114 kilogrammes. He said all the drugs were declared as salt and were transported in two containers from Karachi, Pakistan via Port Klang. “We arrested 19 foreigners which include three women, of which 10 were from Pakistan, and four each from Myanmar and Indonesia aged between 18 and 50 years old.”

“Preliminary investigation show that the syndicate is headed by foreigners, of which the ring leaders are among those arrested.” “We believe Malaysia was a transit point and we will investigate further to determine if there are any locals involved or otherwise,” he told reporters at the department’s narcotics division here today. Subromaniam said the modus operandi of the syndicate is to bury each 25 kilogramme sack of drugs together with the 1,885 kilogramme of salt to deceive the authorities.

He added only seven foreigners have valid travel documents while the rest will be handed over to the Immigration Department for further action. “All suspects are remanded for seven days since Saturday to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.”

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Soldiers seize Zimbabwe state broadcaster anti-Mugabe coup talk intensifies



HARARE: Soldiers deployed across the Zimbabwe capital Harare and seized the state broadcaster on Wednesday after 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party accused the head of the military of treason, prompting frenzied speculation of a coup.

Just 24 hours after military chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to intervene to end a purge of his allies in Mugabe’s ZANU-PF, a Reuters reporter saw armoured personnel carriers on main roads around the capital.

Aggressive soldiers told passing cars to keep moving through the darkness. “Don’t try anything funny. Just go,” one barked at Reuters on Harare Drive.

Two hours later, soldiers overran the headquarters of the ZBC, Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster and a principal Mugabe mouthpiece, and ordered staff to leave. Several ZBC workers were manhandled, two members of staff and a human rights activist said.

Shortly afterwards, three explosions rocked the centre of the southern African nation’s capital, Reuters witnesses said.

Despite the troops stationed at locations across Harare, there was no word from the military as to the fate of Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s leader of the last 37 years and the self-styled ‘Grand Old Man’ of African politics.

In contrast to his elevated status on the continent, Mugabe is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power destroyed one of Africa’s most promising states.

In the only official word from the government, Isaac Moyo, Zimbabwe’s ambassador to neighbouring South Africa, earlier dismissed talk of a coup, saying the government was “intact” and blaming social media for spreading false information.

“There’s nothing really happening. They are just social media claims,” Moyo told Reuters.

The Southern African nation has been on edge since Monday when Chiwenga, Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, said he was prepared to “step in” to end a purge of supporters of sacked vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Only a few months ago, Mnangagwa, a former security chief nicknamed “The Crocodile”, was favourite to succeed his life-long political patron but was ousted a week ago to pave the way for Mugabe’s 52-year-old wife Grace to succeed him.

“POLITICS OVER THE GUN”

Chiwenga’s unprecedented statement represented a major escalation of the struggle to succeed Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has known since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.

Mugabe chaired a weekly cabinet meeting in the capital on Tuesday, officials said, and afterwards ZANU-PF said it stood by the “primacy of politics over the gun” and accused Chiwenga of “treasonable conduct … meant to incite insurrection.”

The previous day, Chiwenga had made clear the army’s refusal to accept the removal of Mnangagwa – like the generals a veteran of Zimbabwe’s anti-colonial liberation war – and the presumed accession of Grace, once a secretary in the government typing pool.

Local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, a leading figure in her relatively youthful ‘G40’ faction, refused to answer Reuters questions about the situation in Harare. “I’m in a meeting,” he said, before hanging up shortly before midnight.

Army, police and government spokesmen refused to answer numerous phone calls asking for comment.

“DEFENDING OUR REVOLUTION”

Neither Mugabe nor Grace have responded in public to Chiwenga’s remarks and state media did not publish his statement. The Herald newspaper posted some of the comments on its Twitter page but deleted them.

The head of ZANU-PF’s youth wing, which openly backs Grace, accused the army chief of subverting the constitution.

“Defending the revolution and our leader and president is an ideal we live for and if need be it is a principle we are prepared to die for,” Youth League leader Kudzai Chipanga said at the party’s headquarters in Harare.

Grace Mugabe’s rise has brought her into conflict with the independence-era war veterans, who enjoyed privileged status in Zimbabwe until the last two years when they spearheaded criticism of Mugabe’s handling of the economy.

In the last year, a chronic absence of dollars has led to long queues outside banks and an economic and financial collapse that many fear will rival the meltdown of 2007-2008, when inflation topped out at 500 billion percent.

Imported goods are running out and economists say that, by some measures, inflation is now at 50 percent a month.

According to a trove of intelligence documents reviewed by Reuters this year, Mnangagwa has been planning to revitalise the economy by bringing back thousands of white farmers kicked off their land nearly two decades ago and patching up relations with the likes of the World Bank and IMF.

Whatever the outcome, analysts said the military would want to present their move as something other than a full-blown coup to avoid criticism from an Africa keen to leave behind the Cold War continental stereotype of generals being the final arbiters of political power.

“A military coup is the nuclear option,” said Alex Magaisa, a UK-based Zimbabwean academic. “A coup would be a very hard sell at home and in the international community. They will want to avoid that.”



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