GEORGE TOWN: A total of three suspects, including a couple, were arrested by the police last week in several separate raids in the North East district for being suspected of being involved in a drug trafficking syndicate around Tanjong Tokong and Gelugor, near here since July last year.
In addition to the arrest of the suspect, the police also seized various types of drugs weighing approximately 7.18 kilograms worth RM36,162 in a raid on December 29 to 30.
North East District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Soffian Santong said, the first suspect who worked as an internet line installation technician was arrested on December 29 last at Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Gelugor, at about 12.50 in the afternoon.
“The 34-year-old suspect who was riding in a Perodua Myvi car tried to escape when the police wanted to carry out an investigation and refused to cooperate.
“He accelerated the car for about five to 10 meters before hitting a lorry in the area,” he said in a press conference at the North East Police Headquarters (IPD), here today.
According to Soffian, through further inspection in the suspect’s car, the police seized three plastic packets of heroin weighing 1.37 kilograms.
“In addition, we also found a black bag in which there were nine transparent plastic packets containing heroin weighing 110 grams,” he said.
Commenting further, Soffian said that following the arrest of the first suspect, the police arrested the second suspect, a 44-year-old man who worked as a security guard on the roadside of Jalan Perusahaan, Seberang Perai near here at 7.15pm the same day.
“Following the arrest of these two suspects, the police raided a flat in the Tanjung Bungah area at 1am on December 30 and arrested a 30-year-old woman,” he said.
He added that the woman who worked as a shop assistant was a widow with three children and the lover of the first suspect.
“At this woman’s house, the police seized six compressed pieces of suspected cannabis with an estimated weight of 5,700 grams and the drug supply was obtained from the second suspect,” he said.
Soffian said that two of the suspects tested positive for drugs and had two past criminal records involving drugs and crime.
“All the suspects were remanded for seven days starting last December 30 and the case was investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” he said. – MESSENGER
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