GEORGE TOWN: A series of police raids and arrests saw RM8.55mil from pill kuda, made from a methamphetamine drug type, has been confiscated in North and Central Seberang Prai since 19 August.
Penang police commander Comm Datuk Seri A. Thaiveegan said they first encountered WY pills hidden in a car during an inspection at Butterworth at 4.30 am on August 19.
Five male suspects in the car were arrested.
"Policemen found 1,600 WY pills worth RM32,000 in the car.
"The arrest of the suspects led to a new robbery on the mainland last Friday and two men were arrested in Bandar Perai Jaya and Taman Kota Permai.
"This led the police to the discovery of three large plastic bags containing 72,000 WY pills worth RM1.44mil in an apartment in Bukit Mertajam.
"The next day the two men took the police to a store in Bandar Perai Jaya, where 354,000 WY pills worth RM7.08mil were stored," said Comm Thaiveegan during a press conference at police headquarters in Penang yesterday .
He said that preliminary investigation into the seven male suspects, between 19 and 36 years old, revealed that three of them were community students, while three had previous criminal and drug-related documents.
"We investigate the source and where the drugs are sold, whether it is local or to neighboring countries," Comm Thaiveegan added.
The police also grabbed a Proton Wira. The five suspects who were arrested on August 19 were returned to Friday. The other two have been canceled until Sunday.
Present at the press conference were Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid and North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor.
Comm Thaiveegan has also issued certificates of excellence to 24 police officers involved in the operations.
To date, the police in Penang have seized illegal drugs of more than RM50mil.
Comm Thaiveegan, however, refuted the claim that Penang was a center for drug trafficking.
"The large amount of drugs that have been seized proves that the police are working hard," he said during the press conference.