KUALA LUMPUR: Police have crippled three drug syndicates with the arrest of nine individuals, including two Nigerian men, during separate operations in three states this week.

Federal police Narcotics Department director Datuk Seri Mokhtar Shariff said the department and the Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting) launched a raid in Changlun, Kedah at 10.40pm on Monday.

During the operation, he said, police arrested two men, aged 36 and 42 respectively, and seized 87.4 kg of ganja worth RM262,000.

On Tuesday, police nabbed another five individuals, including two women, during midnight operations in Pasir Mas, Rantau Panjang and Pasir Puteh, Kelantan.

Those detained were aged between 23 and 42.

In the operations, police seized 66.34 kg of syabu, 26 Yaba pills, and 10 Erimin 5 pills. The drugs were valued at RM5 million.

He said at 11am on Tuesday, the department and Sting acted on a tip-off from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and detained two Nigerians, aged 36 and 38, at Taman Puncak Desa here.

They were caught with 263 kg of cocaine and 1.2kg of ganja worth RM69,000.

Mokhtar said based on preliminary investigations, the cocaine was smuggled from Brazil and was meant to be sold to the local market.

Mokhtar said from January to July this year, police have arrested 120,876 individuals including 5,587 foreigners over drug-related offences.

He said the value of the drugs seized during that period is RM126 million.

On another matter, Mokhtar is slated to take over as the new Special Branch director on Friday.

He will be succeeded by former Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh.

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Federal police Narcotics Department director Datuk Seri Mokhtar Shariff (centre) at a press conference helfd at Bukit Aman today. Pix by Asyraf Hamzah