Petaling Jaya (The Star/ANN) - The Nigerian drug lord based in Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan who was nabbed on Saturday is believed to the head of an intricate international distribution network supplying drugs to various countries.
According to sources, the 32-year-old mastermind would receive overseas orders for the drugs based on type and quantity and organise methods to deliver them to clients.
Over the past six months, he mainly dealt in syabu (methamphetamine) and heroin.
It was learnt that although some of the drugs that were smuggled into Malaysia were distributed locally, the bulk were re-smuggled out because the price could be up to 1,000 per cent higher in other countries.
For example, the price of 1kg of syabu is around 60,000 ringgit (US$19,280) in many African countries but in Malaysia, it is about 200,000 ringgit while in Indonesia it can go up to 800,000 ringgit. The drug can fetch up to 3 million ringgit a kilo in New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
The drugs are usually smuggled into the country via hidden compartments in suitcases and other luggage by mules mostly women of various nationalities including from Nigeria, Iran and the Philippines.
The smuggled drugs would be passed to local couriers who would bring them to a condominium in Taman Sri Hartamas the base of the operations, managed by another Nigerian, identified as the right-hand man of the drug baron.
This key operative would oversee the supply side of the business. When an "order" arrives, he would then arrange to transport the drugs to the destination country.
The drug lord's 31-year-old girlfriend, who he has described as his "wife" was also arrested. She was responsible for organising transportation and acquiring property used by the group in the country.
Apparently, the drug lord managed the racket via "remote control" from Lukut in Negeri Sembilan, delegating most of the operations to his right-hand man and others.
The latest success of the Bukit Aman Anti-Narcotics Department against drug dealers came after six months of surveillance on the syndicate's activities.
The right-hand man was nabbed near the condominium on August 31. Police then set their target on the mastermind and arrested him and his girlfriend in Lukut the next day.
Investigations are still ongoing to determine the extent of the syndicate's wealth.
Police are working with Interpol to break down the supply network.
(US$1 = 3.11 ringgit)