March 27, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR: Nigerian drug syndicates are swiftly dropping’ drug mules from countries considered hot’ by the authorities and recruiting other nationalities to avoid getting caught.
The syndicates, with links to their counterparts in other countries such as Indonesia, China, and the Philippines, are using Malaysia as the transit point.
It is learnt the syndicates would change their choice of couriers based on the ones hot’ on the radar of the authorities.
Federal Narcotics Director Comm Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said if police identified Indonesians being used as drug mules, the syndicate would switch to a courier, who is a China national.
“The Nigerian syndicates have been identified as the most dangerous operating in the country.
“They are always changing their couriers and modus operandi to fool the authorities but we are onto them,” he told a press conference yesterday.
He explained that drugs such as syabu were usually meant for the Indonesian market while heroin was popular in China.
“The Nigerians smuggle the drugs from Pakistan before distributing it to both countries,” he said.
Comm Noor Rashid said police recently busted a Nigerian drug syndicate with the arrest of eight suspects, including four Nigerians, a Pakistani man and an Indonesian woman. In that raid, some RM630,000 worth of syabu and heroin were seized.
“The raids were conducted in KLIA, Kampung Rawa in Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
“We detained a Pakistani and Indonesian drug mule in separate incidents.
“The Pakistani man had just arrived at KLIA and was caught with 850g of drugs while the Indonesian tried to smuggled out 335g of syabu,” he said.
He added that police also seized some 16kg of heroin in one of the raids.
Comm Noor Rashid said no mat-ter how devious the syndicates became, the police would always be able to track them down.
“But we need the cooperation of the public in our war against drugs,” he said.