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ALOR SETAR – Police detained a married couple and seized 2.26 kg of heroin, valued at RM50,000, at the Gurun Rest and Recreation (RnR) Gurun yesterday.

Kedah Narcotic Criminal Investigation Department head Supt Helmi Aris said the male suspect, aged 29, who is a labourer, and his 38-year-old wife, were arrested during an operation at about 4.20 pm as they were about to get down from their car, a Proton Iswara, by the road at the lorry parking area at the RnR.

Police searched the car and found a bag containing five transparent plastic packets filled with the drug, he said in a statement today.

He said both the suspects would be in remand for investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. – BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – The 37-year-old woman detained by the police following a road crash which killed Baling Narcotics chief ASP Mohd Noor Mat Yaub and his wife yesterday tested positive for drug, Baling district police chief Supt Sharifudin Yusof said.

He said the woman, from Baling and was at the wheel of a Toyota Hilux which was also involved in the crash, would be brought to the Baling Magistrate’s Court today for the police to obtain a remand order

The woman tested positive for methamphetamine, he said when contacted here today.

In the 7.15 am incident yesterday, Mohd Noor and his wife, Suriya Abdul Rahman, 37, were killed in a road crash at Kampung Teluk Teduri, Baling, when a Toyota Passo car they were travelling in with their children were hit from behind by another car.

However, the children survived the crash. – BERNAMA

Teenaged Girl Who Drove Against Traffic Flow Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Abuse

BUKIT MERTAJAM – A teenager who drove against traffic flow on the North South Expressway last Tuesday, resulting in a motorist to be killed, pleaded not guilty in the Magistrate’s Court here today to drug abuse.

Ng Pei Ven, 19, was charged with self-administration of the amphetamine drug at the Narcotic Criminal Investigation office of the Seberang Perai Tengah police headquarters near here at about 5 pm last March 14.

The girl, who is a part-time model, was charged under Section 15 (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and faced an imprisonment for up to two years, or fine of up to RM5,000, if found guilty.

Prosecuting officer ASP Md Azman Kadir, who prosecuted, offered bail of RM8,000 with one surety, and also requested a court order for her to report herself at the narcotic department every week.

He also requested a court order to suspend her driving licence as the case was of public interest. – BERNAMA

LAHAD DATU – The police have detained three Filipino men in connection with the seizure of 109.32 grammes of syabu during a raid at an oil palm plantation near here on Wednesday.

The suspects, in their 40s, were picked up about 12.40pm at the Kampung Teck Guan oil palm plantation.

The trio comprised addicts and peddlers, Lahad Datu police chief, ACP Hamzah Ahmad told reporters here today. – BERNAMA

KOTA BHARU – The Kelantan police crippled two drug smuggling syndicates with the arrest of two men and seizure of drug pills, worth RM40,000, since yesterday.

State police chief Datuk Dr Ab Rahman Ismail said one of the suspects, aged 57, was detained along Jalan Jelawang-Kuala Balah, Dabong, at about 4.45 pm yesterday.

Police seized 581 ecstasy pills which were found hidden in the engine compartment of a car he was travelling in, he added.

“The suspect, a labourer, is believed to be from the “Pok Heng” gang, which is from the neighbouring country, and active in Dabong,” he told reporters here today.

He said the second suspect, aged 25, was detained when police raided a house in Kampung Parit Air, Rantau Panjang, about 1 am today.

Police found 1,200 Eramin 5 pills and 1,200 ecstasy pills in the house, he added.

He said the suspect, a local, is believed to be from the “Pok Nan” gang which is active in Rantau Panjang.

Both the suspects tested negative for drug, he added. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – A woman passed out in the High Court here today after knowing that her son was sentenced to death for drug trafficking.

She looked calm when Judicial Commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan handed down the sentence, but collapsed when the court interpreter was explaining the sentence that was meted out on Hoo Moon Hong, 37.

Nordin sentenced Hoo and a contractor, Ng Kim Chong, 37, to death by hanging after finding them guilty of trafficking in 250.2gm of various drugs two years ago.

When handing down the sentence, he said the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubts against the prosecution case.

“The first accused (Ng) confessed to having received a plastic bag and placed it at the back of a car, but denied the plastic bag contained drug, (while) the 10th prosecution witness (SP10), who is a police inspector, testified that the drug was found (in a packet in the car).

“I don’t see any reason for SP10 to victimise the accused by saying that the plastic containing the drug was seized. The testimony by SP10 was consistent,” he added.

As for Hoo, Nordin said the drug was seized from the gear box of a car belonging to Hoo and that Hoo’s finger prints were on the packet containing the drug.

Ng, who owns an accessory shop, was charged with trafficking in 38.3gm of heroin and monoacetylmorphines at G Tower Building, Jalan Tun Razak here, at 9.10 pm on Feb 11, 2015.

As for Hoo, he was charged with trafficking in 211.9gm of methamphetamine (syabu) and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy) at the car park of the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters at 1.50 am on Feb 12, 2015

They were charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Ezrene Zakariah, while Hoo and Ng were represented by lawyer Datuk P. Nagarajan. – BERNAMA

MELAKA – A trader was charged in the Magistrate’s Court here with six counts of drug trafficking.

However, no plea was recorded from Tai Kah Yuen after the charges were read out before Magistrate Analia Kamaruddin.

Tai, 30, was charged with trafficking in the drugs, at a house at Taman Malinja, Bukit Baru here at 2.20 am last Jan 15.

The drugs comprised Methamphetamine (250gm), Ketamin (5,405gm), 3,500 Methamphetamine Ecstacy pills (1,050gm), 7,500 Eramin 5 Nimetazepam pills (2,250gm), Ketamin liquid (46,000 gm) and Ketamin in the form of cigarette sticks (200gm).

The charge, under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act, punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same law, provides the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Nor Syazwani Ishak prosecuted, while lawyer James S. Thanjong Tuan represented Tai. The court set March 2 for mention. – BERNAMA

BUTTERWORTH – A man and his lover were charged in the Sessions Court here today with possession of firearms, offensive weapons and drug.

However, no plea was recorded from Teoh Boon Seng, 34, and the woman, Yeoh Seok Tiang, 42, as they did not understand the charges, which were read out to them in Malays, before Judge Norhayati Mohamad Yunus.

On the first count, the couple was charged with possession of a scheduled weapon in the form of a sickle in a car at a house in Jalan Bangau 1, Taman Minamah, Nibong Tebal, at 1 pm last Jan 12.

The charge, under 7(1)(A) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958, provides an imprisonment for up to 10 years, if found guilty.

On the second count, they were charged under Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957 with unauthorised possession of explosive items in the form of four bomb pipes at the same place, time and date.

The law provides an imprisonment for up to seven years, or fine of up to RM10,000, or both, if found guilty.

On the third count, they were charged with unlawful possession of eight rounds of live ammunition at the same place, time and date.

The charge, under Section 8(A) of the Arms Act 1960, provides an imprisonment for up to seven years, or fine of up to RM10,000, or both, if found guilty.

The couple was also charged with possession of 12.65 grammes of heroin at a house in Taman Minamah, Nibong Tebal, at 11 am last Jan 12.

They face a life imprisonment, or for a term of not less than five years, and whipping of not less than 10 times, if found guilty of the drug offence, made under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The court set Feb 2 for mention.

Deputy public prosecutor S.Selvaranjini prosecuted, while the couple was unrepresented. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Selangor Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department disposed of 545kg of various types of drugs worth about RM2.1 million at a disposal site in Rawang near here today.

Its deputy chief, Supt R. Sundralingam said these drugs involved 3,053 cases between 1997 and 2014 which had been tried in courts and went through appeal process.

“The drugs were cannabis, heroin, syabu, ketamine, methamphetamine pills and others,” he told reporters after the disposal ceremony.

Sundralingam said the disposal of the case exhibit, involving drugs seized statewide, was in accordance with the Dangerous Drugs Act and Poisons Act.

This was the first phase of the disposal session for this year, he added. – BERNAMA

TAIPING – Police arrested a 23-year-old man here yesterday and seized an assortment of drugs valued at RM15,000 as well as a car, a motorcycle and RM1,020.

Taiping Police chief ACP Harith Kam Abdullah said today the trader was picked up at a hotel in Jalan Kota at 4.30pm and was being held under remand for five days from today for investigation.

Police found an aluminium foil containing 10 Erimin 5 pills in a trouser pocket of the man.

“Police also found a paper bag containing 112 aluminium foils that had 1,120 Erimin 5 pills as well as a transparent plastic packet containing 40 plastic packets that had Ketamine in a room in the hotel,” he said in a statement.

Harith Kam said police also seized a Nissan Almera car valued at RM50,000, a Honda Wave motorcycle valued at RM2,000 and RM1,020 which were believed to have been obtained from the sale of drugs.

He also said that man was believed to be a drug trafficker in the area. – BERNAMA