SERIAN: Police arrested a suspected drug trafficker at the front gate of the Tebedu District Office last Thursday (Sept 10).
He had with him 5.1kg of syabu with an estimated street value of RM201,000.
Sarawak Commissioner of Police Datuk Aidi Ismail said the 50-year-old suspect was arrested around 3pm by Serian narcotics police, assisted by their state counterparts.
CP Aidi told this at a press conference at the Serian District Police Headquarters on Monday (Sept 14).
He said the suspect was alone and drove a Proton Iswara car to retrieve a box belonging to him that arrived at the Tebedu District Office via Pos Laju courier.
“The black box carried by the suspect had two packages filled with crystal-like substance believed to be syabu (methamphetamine), weighing 2kg.
“A brown box with three similar packages, weighing 3.1kg, was also found.”
CP Aidi also said cash amounting to RM14,000 along with a Yamaha motorcycle and the suspect’s car were also seized – all valued around RM49,000.
The suspect tested negative for drug abuse and he did not have any criminal record.
CP Aidi revealed that the drugs were sent via Pos Laju from Senai Airport, Johor Bahru to Kuching before being delivered to the Tebedu District Office.
The address of the supplier, suspected to be a drug trafficking syndicate, was confirmed false.
The suspect is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries a mandatory death sentence or life imprisonment and whipping of not less than 15 lashes, if convicted.
The suspect is being remanded for seven days from Sept 11 for investigation.
CP Aidi thanked concerned Sarawakians for providing information on drug activities to the police.
“The police will tighten further control and surveillance, especially involving delivery companies in the state, to curb drug trafficking activities.”
Also present were Sarawak NCID Chief ACP Jasmirol Jamaluddin, Serian District Police Chief, DSP Aswandy Anis