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JOHOR BARU, Jan 18, 2016:

Police believe they have crippled a drug distribution syndicate that specialises in synthetic drug distribution in the city centre with the recent arrest of a suspect.

Police also seized three luxury cars, a high-capacity motorcycle, RM5,533 in cash and 51g of a crystalline substance, believed to be syabu, from the suspect at a house in Kempas here.

Johor Baru Selatan police chief Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh said a team from the district police Narcotics Criminal Investigation Unit had acted on an earlier arrest based on information.

“The police team intercepted a yellow-and-orange BMW car in Larkin at 2.30pm on Jan 16 and detained the driver, who is in his 30s, as he was acting suspiciously.

“An initial urine test found the suspect to be positive for amphetamine, which was a clear indicator for syabu abuse,” he said at the Johor Baru Selatan district police headquarters today.

Following interrogation, the suspect later brought police to his house in Kempas where the investigating team came across the vehicles, cash and syabu.

It was learnt that the suspect had been active in distributing syabu in the city centre and avoided detection by using different cars.

Sulaiman said police were investigating other suspects believed to be part of the syndicate.

“We are investigating the case under Section 15 (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and also Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 that carries the death sentence.”

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