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Covid-19: Drug syndicates using delivery riders as couriers

A policeman checking the bag of a delivery rider at a roadblock.

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 2020: Drug syndicates have been detected using delivery riders to send their “packages” during the movement control order (MCO) period.

Bukit Aman Narcotic Crimes Investigation Department (NCID) director Comm Datuk Ramli Din said 376 people, including delivery riders, have been detained for various drug offences at MCO roadblocks.

“Some 50 per cent of them used motorcycles while 41 per cent used cars to deliver the drug packages while the remaining nine per cent used other vehicles.

“Eight of the cases involved those who use services such as Grab Food, Grab Car, Lalamove, Food Panda and Bungkusit,” he told a press conference here today.

Ramli, however, stressed that not all delivery riders are involved in sending drugs for the syndicates.

“We also encountered those who came forward when they were suspicious of the packages they were supposed to send,” he said.

Ramli pointed to a case in Gombak on April 13 when drugs were found hidden in a “roti canai” package.

“The food delivery rider was suspicious of his package and went to the police station and asked for the package to be inspected.

“We discovered 11.04g of ganja (cannabis) hidden in the roti canai packaging. We managed to detect and detain the man who was the intended recipient of the package,” he said.

He added that further investigation led to the arrest of the sender of the package and his two other accomplices as well as the seizure of 379.98g of cannabis.

Ramli said more NCID personnel will be stationed at roadblocks due to the apparent spike in drug-related cases.

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