Some RM1.89 million worth of drugs were seized in two operations between September 25 and 26 this month.
According to the state police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, eight suspects were arrested from the operations at Teluk Intan and Rungkup in Hilir Perak District.
“In the first case, two suspects, a husband and wife couple aged 37 and 28 were believed to be in possession of heroin weighing 4.19kg and methamphetamine (syabu) weighing 409.85g.
“With an overall market value of RM150,000, the drugs, believed to be distributed to local markets, could’ve been used by around 7,000 individuals.
“The suspects were nabbed during a raid at a house in Changkat Jong at around 3.35pm on September 25. A motorcycle worth RM2,000 was also seized.
“The first suspect was tested positive for drugs while the second was negative. The husband is unemployed while the wife is a staff of an eatery.
“Both were brought to the Hilir Perak District Police Headquarters and issued a six-day remand order from September 26 to October 1 to facilitate further investigations.
“They could be sentenced to mandatory death by hanging if convicted under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
“Following that, five other men aged between 18 to 32 were also arrested around Teluk Intan.
“Found on them were 5.61g of syabu and 1.57g of ganja (THC), worth RM640.
“Out of the five, four suspects were tested positive for syabu with various counts of prior offences, while the remaining one was positive for THC but had no prior offence.
“They were issued a four-day remand from September 26 to 29. The case is being investigated under Section 6, Section 12(2) and Section 39A(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which holds them liable to imprisonment and fines, if convicted.”
He explained in a media session at the Perak Contingent Police Headquarters (IPK) here in Ipoh today (September 27).
Meanwhile, in the second case, an Indonesian man aged 56 was arrested at a roadside in Bagan Lipas Laut, Rungkup at around 12.55am on September 26.
“He was in possession of two gunny sacks filled with 29kg of syabu worth RM1.74 million, which could be supplied to around 300,000 drug addicts.
“Preliminary investigation found that the drugs were to be exported via a sea route to Indonesia.
“The suspect was issued a seven-day remand from the same day of arrest (September 26) to October 2.
“If convicted, he could be sentenced to mandatory death by hanging under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” Mior further mentioned.