Home Drug Distribution Syndicate Busted

2 April 2010
Kota Kinabalu

A samurai sword was among the various items police found during an operation in Taman Grand Melinium suspected to have a drug distribution syndicate. Officers from the state Narcotics Crimes Investigations Department managed to bust the five-member syndicate at about 2:50am yesterday.

Acting on a tip-off, the officers went to a house in the housing estate and ordered a man seated in a car outside the house to alight. The man proceeded to drive off but rammed into a policeman’s car. When he tried to flee from his car, the officers arrested him. Another suspect rushed out of the house, armed with the samurai sword and threatened the officers who had to draw their pistols.

The suspect ran back into the house while the police stormed in to find the armed suspect with a couple and a Thai female national.

Various types of drugs, from heroin to marijuana, worth about RM10,000, a Toyota Camry car and the samurai sword were seized by the police. It is believed that the house served as a packing and distribution centre for drugs like syabu, ketamin and various psychotropic pills.

The five suspects, aged between 23 and 37 years, are being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the death penalty upon conviction.

Straits Times Online, The – Police bust drug syndicate

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