A man from Kelantan, believed to be the leader of a drug syndicate, was arrested last Thursday, 5 September, as he was about to depart for Mecca
Malay Mail reported that the suspect was arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
"The 37-year-old suspect was said to be leaving to perform the umrah," said Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (JSJN) director Datuk Khalil Kader Mohd at a press conference held yesterday, 10 September.
Two hours before his arrest, three other syndicate members aged between 19 and 53 were arrested in Pasir Mas
Sinar Harian reported that police arrested the suspects in a Perodua Myvi at Jalan Lubuk Kiat-Kubang Kuau.
An estimated total of 77.61kg or 700,000 pil kuda, worth RM10.5 million, was found in the vehicle.
Another raid was conducted at 5pm on the same day at Jalan Yaakubiah in Kota Bharu, where the police arrested a female partner aged 48.
"The woman worked as a money changer who laundered their illegal gains," Khalil said at the press conference at the Kelantan police headquarters.
The Bukit Aman JSJN director said that this syndicate is the largest in the state and has been active in the distribution of drugs since last year
"In collaboration with the Kelantan police contingent, we have been conducting surveillance through the narcotics division dubbed 'Ops Toucan' since April," Khalil said, reported Bernama.
"The investigation is still ongoing, and we believe the mode of operation of the syndicate is to obtain drugs from neighbouring country (sic) before reselling them here either in bulk or retail.""Police also impounded several vehicles, cash, and jewellery worth RM476,000 while all the suspects were remanded for a week to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952," he added.