18yo arrested with over 52kg of syabu worth RM1.8 mln in Batu Kawa apartment raid

Mohd Azman (second right) and other senior officers showing the confiscated syabu drugs during a press conference at the Sarawak Police Headquartes on May 19, 2023.

KUCHING, May 19: Sarawak police arrested an 18-year-old local man and over 52kg of syabu valued at RM1.8 million following a raid on an apartment at Batu Kawa yesterday.

Sarawak police commissioner Dato Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri reported that the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department conducted the raid at 1:30 am, resulting in the arrest of the unemployed suspect and the confiscation of nearly 52.52kg of syabu worth RM1.89 million.

Additionally, the police seized a car estimated to be worth RM40,000 under Section 15 of the Dangerous Drugs (Forfeiture of Property) Act 1988.

“The suspect has no prior criminal record and tested negative for drugs during a urine screening.

“The suspect had been involved in distributing syabu since April 2023. The drugs were being sent through courier services by syndicate members based in Peninsula Malaysia.

“The suspect would then deliver the drugs to specified locations as directed over the phone, primarily targeting the Kuching area and nearby districts,” he said in a statement following a press conference held at the Sarawak police headquarters here today.

Mohd Azman highlighted that the seized 52kg of syabu drugs could potentially be used approximately 262,550 times.

Yesterday, an application for remand under Section 117 KPJ was submitted to the Kuching Magistrate, resulting in approval for a seven-day remand period from May 19 to May 25.

The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries severe penalties, including the death penalty or life imprisonment, as well as a minimum of 15 strokes of the cane upon conviction.

The Sarawak police, particularly the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department, are committed to intensifying their efforts in combating drug activities.

They aim to arrest syndicate members and individuals involved while simultaneously crippling their drug supply sources, finances, and assets, to combat the issue of drug abuse effectively. — DayakDaily