Thursday, April 25

Seven suspected drug pushers arrested in two police raids


Amer (second right) shows members of the media the seized drugs. At right is Sahar. — Bernama photo

KUCHING: Seven suspected drug traffickers may face the death sentence after they were arrested with about RM98,676 worth of drugs in their possession.

State commissioner of police Datuk Seri Amer Awal said on May 4 six men and a woman, aged between 19 and 73, were arrested in two separate drug operations in the state.

In one of the raids two septuagenarians, a 71-year-old woman and a 73-year-old man were arrested in a house along Jalan Layang-Layang, Sibu, with 1,000 pills weighing 473.41g, believed to be Ecstasy, in their possession following a raid at around 9.20am.

The drugs with an estimated street value of RM80,000 were found in a courier package stored inside an amplifier.

The package contained 20 aluminum foil with each containing 50 pills.

“Following the arrest of the two suspects, police then arrested two men aged 19 at 2.35pm on the same day for further investigation,” Amer told a press conference at the state police headquarters yesterday.

Commenting further, Amer noted that all four suspects do not have any previous criminal record and tested negative for drugs.

The septuagenarians were allowed bail while the two men are remanded until Tuesday (May 8) to facilitate investigation.

The second raid carried out by a special task force from the state narcotics police arrested three men at a house in Semariang, Petra Jaya, here.

Amer pointed out that three suspects aged 22, 26 and 27 were rounded up by police at 11am. Further inspection revealed two packets of compressed leaves believe to be marijuana weighing 2094g with an estimated worth of RM14,000.

“An inspection of a storeroom in the house led to the discovery of a stationery bag on a wooden rack containing six translucent packets containing crystalline substance believed to be Syabu weighing 16.70g worth RM4,676. The three suspects are remanded for eight days.

“The drugs seized from the two raids are worth RM98,676,” he added.

Both cases are being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Also in attendance was State Narcotics Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Sahar Abdul Latif.