Police smashes two drug distribution rings in Sarawak

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By Malcolm Lau

KUCHING, July 7: Two major drug syndicates got taken down by the Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) in ‘Ops Nutcrackers’.

According to NCID director Datuk Ramli Din, besides Sarawak, these syndicates also catered to neighbouring countries Brunei and Indonesia.

“This is the largest drug case in Sarawak for the moment where a total of 182 kilograms of drugs such as methamphetamine, ketamine and Erimin 5 pills were confiscated during the raid,” said Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) director Datuk Ramli Din.

The drugs are estimated to be worth about RM10 million.


According to Ramli, ‘Ops Nutcrackers’ was carried out from July 1 to 6, 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Sarawak, with a total of 12 suspects and two high-ranking police officers being arrested.

“One of the police was an assistant superintendent while another one was a sub-inspector, and they were suspected to conspiring with the other suspects,” he said.

The suspects will be remanded and further investigation will be held.

It is understood that the syndicate would house drug mules from Sarawak in luxury hotels in Kuala Lumpur, where they would pick up the drugs already packed in suitcases for them to carry back to Sarawak for distribution.

According to Ramli, the drugs would be packed in food packagings such as cereal and powdered drinks like Milo.—DayakDaily