International Drug Syndicate Hired Students

29 February 2008
Kuala Lumpur

Local college students were found to be international drug couriers for a foreign drug syndicate when federal narcotics officers arrested five suspects and seized RM1.7 million worth of heroin.

Narcotics officers raided an apartment in Damansara Perdana on Tuesday at 7:30pm after monitoring the syndicate’s operations for a month. Four men from West Africa aged between 30 and 40 years and a local 48-year-old woman. The suspects were packing heroin into sachets when the officers entered the premises.

In addition to 3.1kg of heroin and 126 heroin sachets seized, authorities also took a Suzuki Vitara vehicle and US$500.

The syndicate has been luring students with high payouts of between US$5,000 and US$11,000 but later forced them to smuggle drugs to Asian countries by hiding them in their anus or swallowing drug packets. The couriers would typically bring the drugs to Australia, China, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Japan, and Trinidad and Tobago.

It is believed that the woman recruited students at colleges and cafes while the men hired couriers online. The foreign suspects had entered the country using student visas.

The Star Online – Int’l drug courier syndicate busted
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