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Police Arrest Suspected Drug Trafficker, Seize Drugs, Pistol

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LANGKAWI – Police arrested a Thai man at a petrol station here early today and seized from him an assortment of drugs as well as a gun and five rounds of ammunition.

The 35-year-old man was refuelling his car at the station when several policemen from the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department apprehended him at 12.01 am, said Langkawi District Police chief ACP Dr Che Ghazali Che Awang.

He said the policemen seized 212 grams of heroin, 87 grams of syabu and 51 grams of ketamine as well as a Browning pistol and the ammunition.

“The man turned aggressive and tried to run away but he was overpowered by the policemen. The firearm was found in a clutch bag,” he said at a press conference here.

He also said that the man tested positive for methamphetamine, and that he would be brought to court later today to be remanded to facilitate investigations.

Che Ghazali said the man was suspected to be a drug trafficker and that he would be investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act which provides for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

“As for possession of the firearm, he would be investigated under Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act which provides for a maximum of 14 years imprisonment and six strokes of the cane upon conviction,” he said.

A preliminary investigation indicated that the drugs, which amounted to RM25,000 in value, were for distribution in Langkawi, he said, adding that the police would try to unearth the distribution network.

“This is the first case in Langkawi where a suspected armed drug trafficker has been arrested,” he said. – BERNAMA

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