KUCHING (Jan 18): A 18-year-old boy was fined RM1,000 in default one month’s jail by the Sessions Court here today for possessing 8.83 grammes of dextromethorphan, also known as nospan in September last year.
Judge Afidah Abdul Rahman meted out the sentence against the boy from a village in Petra Jaya after he pleaded guilty to a charge framed under Section 9(3) of the Poisons Act 1952, punishable under Section 32(2) of the same Act.
The indictment carries a fine up to RM3,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or both.
According to the facts of the case, police arrested the boy at the roadside of Jalan Merbau here around 3.30pm on Sept 29, last year, after he was suspected to be involved in drug-related activities.
Upon inspecting his sling bag, police found five translucent plastic packets each containing 12 white pills suspected nospan, which were then confiscated.
A chemist report dated Oct 26, last year confirmed that the five plastic packets contained dextromethorphan weighing 8.83 grammes, which is a drug listed under First Schedule of the Poisons Act 1952.
The prosecution was conducted by DPP Mohamad Aiman Mutallib Mohamad Shariff while the boy was unrepresented by a legal counsel.