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Drug gang crippled in two raids

12th June, 2018

By JONATHAN NICHOLAS

PENAMPANG: Narcotics police have crippled drug syndicates in the district following two successful drug raids on Friday.

A couple and a man all in their 20s were rounded up in front of a hotel near Beverly Hills in Jalan Bundusan here at about 6pm and seized from them a 1.9kg block of cannabis (ganja).

The quantity of cannabis was enough to bring the offenders the death penalty under Malaysia’s drug laws.

The trio was believed to have sold the drugs online via WeChat and the operation involved a man in the Chow Kit area, in Kuala Lumpur, who used PosLaju’s services to fly in the shipment that was addressed to a man in Beverly Hills Plaza.

Penampang police chief, DSP Haris Ibrahim, said the traffickers eyed Sabah because the drug has high resale value here.

“They paid RM2,000 for a kilogram of the cannabis which can fetch up to RM5,000 if re-circulated in the market here. “The couple was waiting inside a Perodua Axia as the middle man approached the car with the contraband and were all promptly arrested as they attempted to escape when approached by police,” said DSP Haris.

“Further inspections inside the car revealed another 6 grams of cannabis folded in a piece of paper while drug tests confirmed all three to be cannabis users.”

The couple was charged under Section 6 of the Dangerous Drug Act on top of Section 39B which carries the death sentence.

In a separate case, two men were busted at about noon yesterday as they were repackaging 5 grams of crystal meth (syabu) into smaller packets at an unnumbered house here in Kampung Luyang Baru.

The duo was aged 35 and 26 years respectively. One of them was tested positive for meth use.

“The 35-year-old suspect attempted to bolt from house during the raid but injured himself after jumping off a ledge in his attempt to escape.

“Preliminary investigations revealed the drugs to be sourced from a Flipino man in Kota Kinabalu,” he said.

Both men are charged under Section 39(A)(I) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 whereby if convicted they may face no more than 5 years’ imprisonment and whippings or a combination of both.

Harris reminded parents and guardians to notice sudden changes in their child’s mood and personality, and report to the nearest police station of their doubts.

“Do not let your children become accessories to people who exploit them with drugs solely for their own monetary gain,” Haris said.

   
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