Ecstasy pills resembling Pokeballs among S$133,400 worth of drugs seized by Malaysian police

A police officer holding two packets containing Ecstasy pills that look like Pokeballs.
A police officer holding two packets containing Ecstasy pills that look like Pokeballs. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM STAR VIDEO

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Ecstasy pills resembling Pokeballs were among the different types of drugs found during several police raids last week.

State Narcotics Department chief Superintendent Maidu Abu Bakar said this was the first time that the police had come across ecstasy pills in that form.

A red-and-white Pokeball is one of the essential items used by gamers in the mobile app Pokemon Go to catch and store Pokemon, the game's super-powered creatures.

Supt Maidu said the "Pokemon" drug was among the RM410,000 (S$133,400) worth of drugs seized during the Nov 10 raids.

Five people, believed to be members of a drug syndicate, were arrested.

Supt Maidu said earlier, a 26-year-old man was detained near the carpark of a fast food restaurant in Bandar Baru Air Itam at around 2.30pm for having packets of syabu and ketamine.

"We then found four packets of syabu, two packets of ketamine and 170 Ecstasy pills in his car," he told reporters at the Penang police headquarters on Monday (Nov 14).

"We also found RM20,000, which is believed to be earnings from the sales of the drugs."

The man led police to his house in Sungai Nibong, where they found eight packets of syabu weighing 1.725kg, 1,700 Eramin 5 pills, 485 Ecstasy pills and two packets of ketamine weighing 1.475kg.

At 9.30pm, officers arrested a 23-year-old man near a luxury condominium in Jelutong for having two packets of drugs.

He led officers to his condominium unit, where 8,900 Eramin 5 pills and 3,672 Ecstasy pills were found in the living room. Three of his housemates were arrested.


The drugs seized during the raids conducted by Malaysian police on Nov 10. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

"A motorcycle and two cars were seized," Supt Maidu said.

"We believe that they were distributing drugs at entertainment outlets in Penang for the past six months," he said.

The five suspects, who have no past criminal records, have been remanded until Thursday.

In another case, police seized 854g of processed heroin from the house of a 37-year-old man who had been reported "missing".

A team, led by Inspector Amir Firdaus Ismail, went to the man's house in Persiaran Midlands on Sunday to follow up on a missing person's report.

They decided to check the house and found the heroin and RM13,350 in cash.

George Town OCPD Assistant Commissioner Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the suspect had lived in Australia for several years before moving back to Penang less than a year ago.