‘Drug syndicates changing content for Eramin 5 pills to avoid death sentence’
Posted on June 20, 2012, Wednesday
PETALING JAYA: The Chemistry Department has found a new substance, known as Phenazepam, used by drug syndicates to produce Eramin 5 pills, to obscure buyers, authorities and avoid being sentenced to death, under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Deputy director-general (Operations) Chang Hon Fong, said the substance was found in the Eramin 5 pills seized by police at an illegal drug-processing laboratory in Klang, in May.
“Normally, Eramin 5, a synthetic drug, contains Nimetazepam, a dangerous drug modified to make the user very calm, happy, and relaxed.
“However, following investigations on a recent case in Klang, we found that the Eramin 5 produced in the illegal drug-processing laboratory was using Phenazepam, a substance classified under the Poison Act 1952, which is liable to a fine only,” he told Bernama after launching the 2012 Chemistry Open Day, here yesterday.
During the May 16 incident, police seized 736,330 Eramin 5 pills worth RM14.9 million and detained a man after raiding a house in Kapar, Klang.
Chang noted that Eramin 5 could damage the liver and kidneys as it was a drug used to reduce stress in the human body. He said the department was still studying the effects of the new substance to the human body, but remained as a potential poison that can kill.
“However, both types of drugs will give a very bad effect to people,” he added adding that syndicates distributed Eramin 5 using Phenazepam packed and designed just like those that used Nimetazepam to deceive their customers, and earn high profits.
“The cost of Phenazepam is lower than Nimetazepam and due to the lower cost, the drug-processing laboratory can make huge profits,” he said. — Bernama