14th June, 2012
JOHOR BAHARU: Johor police yesterday estimated the drugs believed to be syabu and Erimin pills found at a laboratory hidden behind a frozen food factory which caught fire at the Pekan Nenas New Industrial Area two days ago to be worth RM18 million.
Johor police Chief Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the earlier announced value of RM10 million was based on initial investigation.
“Police are checking to identify several suspects involved including foreigners. We are carrying out detailed probe and will be nabbing them soon,” he told reporters after a monthly assembly at the Johor police headquarters, here yesterday.
Mohd Mokhtar said at the moment, the Fire and Rescue Department, Chemistry Department and Forensic Unit were combing the factory for more evidence.
In the incident two days ago, drugs were found on the first floor of the two-storey factory after the ground floor caught fire.
The drug laboratory operation was discovered after the Pekan Nenas and Pontian Fire and Rescue Departments put out the fire at the factory at about 1.30pm.
In another development, Mohd Mokhtar said police had found several new leads in capturing the suspect in the shooting case of a man at a petrol station in Jalan Genuang near Segamat yesterday.
He said police were investigating the background of the victim Lim Ching Hoon, 63, and the motive for the murder.
In the incident at 7.45pm, Lim died after being shot six times at close range when he was filling petrol at the station near his house.