Member of drug smuggling syndicate nabbed near M’sia-Indonesia border

KUCHING: Police believe they have uncovered a syndicate smuggling syabu and ecstasy drugs from Sarawak to Kalimantan in Indonesia, following the arrest of an Indonesian man.

Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Fisol Salleh said the 19-year-old suspect was nabbed in Sungai Paoh, Serian, about 60 km from here, during the Op Benteng at 4 pm on Saturday.

“We suspect he is a member of a syndicate smuggling syabu and ecstasy. Syabu fetches RM50,000 per kilogram in Sarawak but we were told it costs double over there (Kalimantan),” he told a press conference here, today.

According to him, the smugglers used rat trails or illegal routes along the Malaysia-Indonesia border near Bau and Serian districts in Sarawak.

“We have obtained a court order to remand the suspect until Jan 2 and have also asked Bukit Aman to help identify other syndicates operating between Sarawak and Indonesia,” he added. -Bernama

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