MELAKA: A couple peddling drugs-laced soft drinks for RM300 per bottle and health drinks for RM150 were detained by Melaka police.

Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Christopher Patit said the 34-year-old man and his 28-year-old wife, who is a foreigner, were detained at two separate locations in Bandar Hilir on Jan 21.

“The couple are believed to have mixed the substances into the bottle of branded instant drinks for sale at wild parties and at entertainment centres here,” he said yesterday.

ACP Christopher said an investigation showed that the couple had obtained the drugs in large quantities from syndicates in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru before mixing and repackaging them as instant drinks to be marketed here.

He said the seized drugs could be used for up to 3,669 addicts.

ACP Christopher said his team also confiscated various substances including ketamine, ecstasy pills, Eramin 5 pills and ganja with a combined street value of over RM200,000.

He said police also confiscated a car, cash and other items totalling RM25,680 from the couple, who have no previous criminal records.

Results of urine tests conducted on the couple found them to be negative, with the case being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.