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Singaporeans arrested in anti-narcotic raids in Johor

Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and Malaysia’s Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) have arrested a regional drug trafficking syndicate in a joint investigation that resulted in 14 people arrested in four raids in Johor Bahru on Friday (23 February).

According to CNB, six of the people arrested were Singaporeans.

CNB and the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) of the Royal Malaysia Police worked closely together to uncover the syndicate's network and their modus operandi in four raids between noon and 3.30 pm in Taman Johor Jaya, Mount Austin, Taman Desa Jaya and Stulang Laut, after NCID received information that the syndicate was "planning a drug run involving a sizeable amount of drugs".

An assortment of drugs worth about RM1.2 million (S$404,000) were seized, 12.8kg of "Ice" (methamphetamine), 4,333 Ecstasy pills, 200 Eramin-5 pills and 0.95kg of ketamine, as well as S$8,000 and RM5,000 in cash and five cars.

Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd, Johor police chief, stated that seven Malaysian men, five Singaporean men, one Singaporean woman and a Thai woman aged between 19 and 65 were arrested.

Ng Ser Siong, CNB director, said in the statement, "It is important that drug enforcement agencies cooperate closely to take out drug syndicates that operate with no respect for borders. Through close and timely cooperation, we can take the fight to the drug syndicates.”

Investigations by the NCID are ongoing. The CNB added that, if convicted of drug trafficking, the Singaporeans may face the death penalty.