Unemployed man to face drug trafficking charge

A black cigarette box with a small transparent plastic packet containing crystallised substances suspected to be Syabu found on the suspect.

KUCHING: The Magistrates’ Court here today ordered a drug trafficking case to be transferred to the High court after allowing an application by the prosecution.

Magistrate Syarifah Fatimah Azura Wan Ali ordered the case against Samuel Max Sigar Tabat to be heard in the high court after allowing the application from the prosecuting officer.

Samuel faces a charge under Section 39B (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act, 1952 which carries the mandatory death penalty.

The accused was caught in possession of cannabis weighing 2,959.2g at a sidewalk near a coffee shop in Jalan Green Hill Corner on Dec 29, 2020.

Meanwhile, in Bau, an unemployed man was collared by the police for drug related offences at an unnumbered house in Kampung Merembeh.

District police chief DSP Poge Nyaon said the suspect, 24, was approached by an NCID team after acting suspiciously. The suspect also tried to escape police custody when detained but was caught by the policemen.

“Further examination of the suspect found one black cigarette box with a small transparent plastic packet containing crystallised substances suspected to be Syabu weighing 0.74g inside his trouser’s pocket.

“Preliminary urine test returned positive for Methamphetamine type drug,” said Poge.

The suspect also has past criminal records and the case is being investigated under Section 12 (2) and Section 15 (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.