‘Ops Black Cat’ busts mini drug lab

Sarawak Commissioner of Police Datuk Aidi Ismail (left) being briefed about the seized drugs by (from second left) Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) Sarawak deputy head Supt Wong Leong Meng, DSP Tumar Lunya, and Investigating Officer Inspector Mohd Fitri Kukung. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The Sarawak narcotics police uncovered a mini drug processing lab and seized drugs worth RM250,000 in an operations codenamed ‘Ops Black Cat’ on June 9.

The raid took place in a residential apartment in Kuching and saw the arrest of a 27-year-old unemployed man under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

“The team seized the processing equipment and various drugs such as 13.7kg of ‘powdered juice’ suspected to be mixed with drugs, 354.13g of ketamine, 320 Erimin 5 pills and 50 Ecstasy pills.

“The drugs seized were worth RM250,000 which could cater to 3,770 addicts,” Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said in a press conference on Monday (June 14).

Sarawak Commissioner of Police Datuk Aidi Ismail (centre) having a closer look at the drug processing equipment seized during ‘Ops Black Cat’ while Narcotics Criminal Investigating Department (NCID) Sarawak Deputy Head Supt Wong Leong Meng (left) and Investigating Officer Inspector Mohd Fitri Kukung look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

He further said that the man they arrested, who does not have a past record, obtained the (drug) supplies from Miri.

Investigations also found that the suspect has admitted to being the processor, packer, custodian and seller of the seized drugs.

Aidi stated that the man has been involved in drug distribution activities around Kuching district since October last year.

“He has been remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

“If convicted, the suspect can face a death sentence or a life imprisonment and if not punished by death, the suspect may face not less than 15 lashes (whipping),” he said.

In addition, the suspect was also issued a compound under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations Amendment 2021.