November 16, 2020 | News | No Comments
Four people have been arrested in a series of raids conducted by police over suspected ties to an international drug-trafficking syndicate. One of the individuals arrested claims to be a ‘Datuk Seri’.
The alleged ‘Datuk Seri’ is a cosmetics entrepreneur from Kelantan.
His brother, who is an army officer based in Kuala Lumpur, was also arrested with him.
Police conducted the raids around Taman Serdang Perdana, Seri Kembangan in Serdang over the week, according to a report in New Straits Times yesterday, 13 November.
The raids were jointly conducted by the Selangor Narcotics Investigation Department and the Serdang Narcotics Division
“In the first raid, police caught two brothers, aged 25 and 31, who were in a Ford Mustang at the location’s roadside,” said Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed.
Upon checking the Ford Mustang, police found 120 Chinese tea packets containing methamphetamine weighing 126.86 kilogrammes, estimated to be worth RM5 million.
They also seized the sports car, believed to be worth around RM500,000.
The sports car was registered under one of the suspect’s wife’s name, Arjunaidi said.
None of the four men has a criminal record
The authorities, however, are investigating the legitimacy of cosmetics entrepreneur’s claim.
In his business card, he claimed to be a ‘Datuk Seri’.
“The suspects do not have a criminal record. Their urine tests were also negative for drugs,” Arjunaidi said while speaking at a press conference at the Selangor state police headquarters.
Following their arrests, police also detained three unemployed men, who are believed to be the middlemen in the drug transactions
“Preliminary screenings showed that they tested positive for methamphetamine. Two of the suspects have a previous criminal and drug record,” Arjunaidi said, adding that police also seized three vehicles – a Nissan Almeira, a Toyota Innova, and a Honda HRV as well as cash during the second arrest.
The total value of the seizure in the second arrest came to RM158,000.
All seven arrested are now serving out a week-long remand
They will be under remand until 17 November.
The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for trafficking, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.