Johor police headquarters in Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps
Johor police headquarters in Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

A 34-year-old syndicate leader and 13 syndicate members were arrested between Friday and Sunday at multiple locations in Johor, Malaysia, for allegedly smuggling more than one million ringgit (US$240,400) worth illicit substances in tea bags to Indonesia and Singapore.

The drug distribution syndicate was led by a woman known as “Queenpin” who was aided by a leader of the Geng 36 gang. They made a lot of money and lived in a luxurious condo in Taman Eco Botanic and had five cars, the China Press reported.

As well as drug trafficking, her side business was selling baby products in two shops in Johor Bahru.

The Narcotics Department from the federal police joined hands with the Johor state police and raided her house in Bandar Baru Uda. The other 13 syndicate members were later identified as nine local men, one Indonesian man and three local women, all aged between 26 and 39.

A total of one million ringgit worth drugs, including 16 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 6kg of heroin, 250g of ketamine, 97 ecstasy pills, 13 ya ba pills and one Nimetazepam pill, was recovered and seized by the authorities.

These drugs could have been sufficient for 85,000 people and were intended for the local, Indonesian and Singaporean markets.

The police also confiscated nine vehicles, including a Jaguar XF, a Toyota Vellfire, a BMW and a Ford Ranger, a Yamaha motorcycle, cash totaling 138,000 ringgit in Malaysian and Indonesian currencies and jewelry worth about two million ringgit.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian suspect was also wanted by his home country as was a criminal who had allegedly escaped from Bengkalis prison.