Miri cops take down suspected drug trafficker

ACP Lim (front, second from right) and his deputy Supt Mohd Sabri Zainol (on ACP Lim's right) with narcotics officers speaking to the press on Tuesday (June 30).

MIRI: Police arrested an unemployed man and seized drugs weighing 2,039g during a raid on a house in Pujut here last Monday (June 29).

Miri OCPD ACP Lim Meng Seah said the 35-year-old suspect was detained at 6.30pm, while he was in the process of weighing the drugs in one of the rooms.

The drugs have a street value of RM89,000. The suspect, originally from Selayang, Selangor, is believed to have been working alone.

“He’s a ‘lone ranger’, and all this while, had been working alone, including delivering drugs to his clients from the neighbouring country,” said ACP Lim.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect had received his orders via (messaging and calling app) WeChat.

ACP Lim (left) showing the press the seized vehicles.

“In a month, he could earn from RM10,000 to RM15,000,” ACP Lim added.

In the raid, police seized 800g of methamphetamine (syabu) and 1,239g (4,130 pills) of Erimin 5 pills, ACP Lim told the press on Tuesday (June 30).

“We also seized two vehicles-a four-wheel drive and a sports utility vehicle-and cash in Ringgit Malaysia, Brunei Dollar, Singapore Dollar (amounting to RM2,050), as well as jewellery.”

One of the seized vehicles (the 4WD) was purchased by the suspect last month. The seized items totalled RM255,782.

ACP Lim said the suspect had been involved in drug trafficking activities for the past four years. “He also tested positive for syabu.”

The suspect has three previous records related to drug offences in Selayang.

He has been remanded for seven days until July 7, and is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1962, which carries a mandatory death penalty upon conviction, and Section 15(1)(a) of the same Act.