KUCHING: Police arrested an alleged ‘tokan’ (drug dealer) and seized drugs worth more than RM500 by the roadside at Jalan Astana, Petra Jaya on Saturday (May 15).
The 37-year-old man rose suspicion, when he was spotted by a Kuching police patrol, riding his motorcycle in the area unit around 3.15am.
Acting Kuching police chief Supt Merbin Lisa who confirmed the case said the team detained the suspect for inspection and found seven plastic packets in his pocket shirt.
“The plastic packets contained crystalline lumps, believed to be syabu, weighed around 5.23g and is valued at RM523.
“As a result, the suspect and the drugs were taken to the police station for further action,” he told.
He noted that background checks found the suspect had two past drug-related records and has been involved in drug distribution activities since early last year.
Investigations found that the suspect obtained the supplies via bank-in from another dealer in the district and efforts to locate the other dealer are now in full swing.
“The suspect who also tested positive for drugs, is now remanded until May 19 to facilitate investigations under Section 39A (1) ADB 1952, which carries a jail term up to five years and whipping up to nine lashes, if convicted,” Merbin told.
The community have been urged to channel information on activities pertaining to drug distribution and drug abuse to the police to enable them to take action.