RM1.29 mln syabu seized

Policemen with the seized drugs. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

SERIAN: Sarawak police recorded their biggest drug bust this year in the district with the seizure of syabu, weighing 36kg, worth a whopping RM1.29 million, which were meant to be delivered to the Indonesian market.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail told a press conference at the Serian police headquarters on Tuesday (Sept 21) that the drugs, believed to be from Miri, could satisfy about 36,000 addicts.

On Sept 18, a General Operations Force patrol team spotted a suspicious multi-purpose vehicle heading towards the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security Complex in Tebedu. Later, it turned back around and headed towards Serian.

“The 5am incident prompted the team to chase the vehicle driven by a local man. They managed to stop it for inspections at KM8 near Kampung Sejijak.

“It led to the finding of 36 packets containing drugs, believed to be syabu, stored inside four backpacks, which were seized as evidence. Also seized were the vehicle, a watch and cash amounting to RM572,” said Aidi.

The suspect, a 48-year-old, unemployed from Miri, has a past record related to drugs and has remanded for further investigation until Sept 25.

Aidi added that the suspect, who tested positive for drugs, admitted to being involved in drug abuse since 2018. He has also been involved in drug distribution to Indonesia since April this year.

“During interrogation, the suspect admitted to delivering the drugs to an unknown Indonesian man who will pay him RM2,000 per kilogramme delivered.

“He had already made four delivery transactions, with about 18kg of drugs for each transaction. However, his fifth delivery attempt was thwarted by the police,” said the police commissioner.

It is believed that the drugs from the Peninsular Malaysia were delivered using various methods. Police believed they were delivered to Miri by parcel or by sea.

The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries a mandatory death sentence or life imprisonment and whipping if the culprit is not sentenced to mandatory death.

Aidi added that the Sarawak police would continue to block and eradicate drug distribution activities in the district.

On drug arrests along the Sarawak-Indonesia border this year, he disclosed that 11.4kg of syabu were seized in Lundu with the arrest of an Indonesian man while over 14,800 Ecstasy pills and 73g of syabu were seized in Serian with the arrest of a local man and a woman.

Also present were Sarawak Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department chief ACP Jasmirol Jamaluddin and Serian police chief DSP Aswandy Anis.