SHAH ALAM: Police on Tuesday busted an online drug syndicate and seized RM45,520 worth of narcotics intended for sale on the local market.

Selangor Narcotics Crime Investigation Department chief Assistant Commissioner Amarjit Singh said an unemployed Malaysian couple, aged 36 and 37, were nabbed in a 5.30pm raid at their apartment in Setia Alam on May 15.

He said the drugs were being sold online via Facebook, and that the amount seized is enough for the consumption of 39,450 people.

“We seized two blocks of compressed drugs and dried leaves (cannabis) weighing about 300g.

“We also seized… 97 syringes and a slow cooker, which contained a liquid or oil suspected to be cannabis, as well as several items used to process the liquid/oil cannabis (2.3kg).

“Also seized during the raid were… envelopes and stickers which read ‘The Real Cannabis’,” he said at a press conference at the police contingent headquarters here today.

Amarjit said police also confiscated RM3,590 in cash, two vehicles (a Proton Saga and a Proton Wira) and an apartment purchased for RM380,000.

He said initial investigation revealed that the suspects had been promoting the liquid cannabis on Facebook for about two years.

“They even offered a special promotion for the month of Ramadan, where if you buy two, you get one free.

“Customers (transferred their money to a) bank account, (after which, their order would be (delivered) via post or courier service,” he added.

A small bottle of liquid cannabis cost RM140, while the concentrated version which comes in a syringe cost RM170.

Amarjit said the two suspects tested positive for drugs and have been remanded under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code until May 22.

The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which provides for the death penalty or life imprisonment and up to 15 strokes of the cane.

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Selangor Narcotics Crime Investigation Department chief Assistant Commissioner Amarjit Singh (third from right) at a press conference held at Shah Alam, Selangor, earlier today. Pix by Muhammad Sulaiman

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