11 civil servants among 30 nabbed, found positive for drugs in entertainment centre raid

Johor Bahru: Eleven civil servants, among 30 persons arrested, were found positive for a variety of drugs in a raid on a recreation center in Batu Pahad district this morning.

Johor police chief CP M Kumar said the male civil servants, all aged between 24 and 49, were arrested at about 1am while they were out having fun.

He said the 19 other persons who were also arrested included 13 local men and six foreign women aged between 17 and 52.

“All those arrested tested positive for a variety of drugs, including methamphetamine, ketamine and benzodiazepines,” he said at a press conference at the Johor police contingent headquarters here today.

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He said a 29-year-old local man, who was a caretaker of the complex, was found working after business hours and tested positive for drugs, he was also arrested.

Kumar said the remand application will be granted today and the case will be investigated under Section 39(B), Section 55B and Section 6(1)(C) as well as Section 11(2) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 . Johor State Entertainment Act 4/98 and Section 15(1)(a) Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, Kumar said his party arrested a local man on April 24 and seized a variety of drugs worth RM2.39 million.

He said the 35-year-old man, who is believed to be involved in a drug trafficking syndicate and has a criminal record, was arrested in Taman Pelangi here.

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As a result of their investigation, they found a variety of drugs in a terrace house in Taman Pelangi, including 13.6 kilograms of ecstasy powder, 707 ecstasy pills and 2,465 ermin five pills.

“The modus operandi of this drug trafficking syndicate is to convert a rented room in the house into storage before distributing it to entertainment centers and individuals.

“The syndicate is believed to be active since February this year and is repackaging the drugs using instant drink packets,” he said. He said two cars and RM650 in cash were also seized in the raid.

He said the man, who tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine, was remanded for seven days starting from April 24 and the case was investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.