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20th time unlucky for drug syndicate, nabbed with RM10.5m worth of methamphetamine

NILAI: A drug syndicate’s 20th bid to smuggle in methamphetamine into the country proved to be their downfall, when Customs officers smashed the ring yesterday.
A raid by Customs Department in Seri Kembangan yesterday yielded six sacks of methamphetamine worth RM10.5 million.
Customs director-general Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy said, in the 6pm raid at the Bukit Serdang Industrial Park, 800 sacks, declared as 'magnesium sulphate', were seized from the warehouse.
"During the inspection, we discovered six sacks containing methamphetamine weighing 150.72kg. The items were brought into the country from Chennai via Port Klang," he said at a press conference held here, today.
He said investigations showed that the syndicate had been active in smuggling drugs into the country using the same modus operandi.
"They would hide the sacks in between other sacks containing magnesium sulphate, in order to conceal their activity. We managed to foil their 20th attempt yesterday," he said.
He said seven suspects, five of whom from Bangladesh, one from Nepal and one Malaysian, were arrested.
"The suspects were detained while they were unloading the sacks from a container, including the sacks believed to be containing methamphetamine.
"A thorough investigation will be conducted. We will also investigate the involvement of the courier company, store owner and a middleman, believed to be involved in the syndicate," he said.
Also seized during the raid was a four-wheel-drive vehicle said to be used by the syndicate.
“All suspects will be remanded for seven days starting today to assist with the investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death penalty,” he said.

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