Drugs worth RM257k seized, 41 party-goers and suspected drug lab owner arrested

Aidi (far left) inspecting the seized items at the press conference while other officials look on.

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, June 14: Police have arrested 41 party-goers for alleged involvement in drug abuse during six separate raids under ‘Ops Parti Liar’ from May 29 to June 14.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said the raids were carried out in several locations identified as venues for private parties around Kuching and Padawan districts.

“During the raids, police seized two Ecstasy pills, 9.5g of ketamine, three Erimin 5 pills and 409.65g of Ecstasy mixed juice powder, amounting to about RM7,000, which could have been distributed to 105 addicts.

“The raid also saw the arrest of 27 men and 14 women aged between 18 to 42. Of the suspects, 10 were foreigners namely, three Vietnamese, four Indonesians, two Filipinos and one Chinese,” he said at a press conference held at the State Contingent Police Headquarters here today.

All suspects will be investigated under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 with two cases charged under Section 39B, three cases under Section 39A(2), three cases under Section 12(2) and 24 cases under Section 15(1)(a).

The drugs and drug-processing equipment which were seized from the mini drug lab at an apartment in Kuching.

On a separate raid on June 9 under ‘Ops Black Cat’, Aidi mentioned that the police had arrested an unemployed man aged 27 believed to be operating a mini drug lab at his apartment in Kuching.

“During the raid, we found 50 Ecstasy pills, 354.13g of ketamine, 320 Erimin 5 pills and 13.7kg of Ecstasy mixed juice powder, amounting to about RM250,000. These drugs are estimated for distributed to about 3,770 addicts.

“The suspect has admitted to be the processor and the seller of the drugs, adding that he has been involved since October last year while the drug supplies were obtained from Miri. He would be investigated under Section 39B of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” he said.

At the same time, Aidi emphasised that most of the private parties were conducted in residential apartments while one of them was at a pub, where both public gatherings and the operation of an entertainment premises are prohibited during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

“Therefore, from both ops, the police had issued 42 compounds worth RM240,000 to 41 individuals and one premises operator under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations 2021,” he added.

He also disclosed that as of June 13 this year, the State Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) has made 3,439 drug-related arrests. — DayakDaily