By Balqis Jazimah Zahari
Photo IPK Perak
MANJUNG: Police successfully busted an illegal laboratory believed to be the processing and packaging of heroin-type drugs in a raid at a house in Kampung Bahru, Lumut here on Tuesday.
Perak Police Chief, Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said, the raid by a police team from the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department from the Bukit Aman Police Headquarters arrested four men aged between 23 and 52 years.
“As a result of the inspection carried out in the house, the police found and seized a quantity of drugs believed to be heroin with an estimated weight of 14,905 grams and an estimated value of RM199,727.
“A number of equipment and chemicals used to process and package drugs were also seized,” he said in a statement here today.
Mohd Yusri said that following the raid, the police also arrested a 25-year-old man in Pokok Assam, Taiping, who is believed to be involved in the processing and packaging of heroin-type drugs.
“Urine screening tests conducted on all suspects found negative for any type of drugs.
“Four of the five arrested suspects were found to have a record of criminal and drug convictions,” he said
He said action was also taken under the Dangerous Drugs Act (confiscation of property) 1988 by confiscating a vehicle estimated at RM40,000.
“The estimated total value of the drug seizure along with the confiscated property is RM239,727,” he said.
According to him, based on the investigation carried out, all the suspects are believed to have been active in drug trafficking activities since the beginning of this year and have been involved in drug processing activities since the beginning of last March.
“The confiscated drugs are suspected to be distributed in the local market. It is estimated that the amount of confiscated drugs can be used by 22,400 drug addicts,” he said.
He said this case was investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and all the suspects were remanded for seven days from last Wednesday to assist the investigation.