JASIN: Police have crippled an international drug distribution syndicate with the seizure of over RM3.8mil worth of syabu and Ecstasy pills in a series of raids in Melaka and Selangor.

State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Zainol Samah said eight locals, comprising six men and two women, were arrested during the raids on Wednesday.

The suspects, including two married couples, are aged between 25 and 48, he added.

He said the first raid was conducted at 3pm in Serkam, Jasin, where two men and a woman were arrested in a car in front of a house.

Following checks in the house, police arrested another man and a woman, as well as seized 82.64kg of syabu, worth RM2.975mil and 16.62kg of Ecstasy pills worth RM831,000, he told a press conference here yesterday.

DCP Zainol said the syabu was found in sacks and teabag packets, while the Ecstasy pills were found in clear plastic bags, each containing about 5,000 pills.

He said the Melaka and Bukit Aman Narcotic CID team also carried out three more raids in Permatang Serai and Kampung Pulai in Melaka and Kota Damansara in Selangor on the same day, during which three more suspects were arrested.

DCP Zainol said they believed the syndicate had been active since early 2022 and some of those arrested were fishermen.

“The urine tests on all suspects were negative but one of the suspects has a record for drug-related offences,” he said, Bernama reported.

He added that police also seized three motorcycles, four cars, jewellery, cash and several foreign currency notes.

All the suspects have been remanded for seven days until Jan 11 for investigation.