Man arrested for drugs may face death penalty

The small packages with what is believed to be syabu or methamphetamine seized.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Sept 6: A 33-year-old unemployed man may face death penalty after he was arrested for allegedly trafficking drugs worth RM9,000.

Sarawak Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) head Supt Hasnir Abdul Hamid said cops arrested the man at a carpark of an apartment building in Jalan Stampin Timur here at about 4pm, yesterday (Sept 5).

“Acting on a tip-off, we found him holding a black plastic bag, containing 11 smaller packets with what is believed to be syabu or methamphetamine, weighing about 60 grammes,” he confirmed in a statement today.

A urine test conducted on the suspect came back positive for methamphetamine.

The suspect is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the death penalty, and Section 15(1) of the same Act for drug use.

Meanwhile, police in Bintulu also arrested two Indonesians for drug related offences, yesterday (Sept 5).

A packet containing crystallised substance seized together with the working permits of the foreign workers.

The duo from Nusa Tengara Timur were construction workers with valid working permits.

During the 1pm raid at a budget hotel along Jalan Masjid, police stormed into one of the rooms where the two Indonesians were staying.

They found a black bag, containing one smaller plastic bag with crystalline substance, believed to be syabu, weighing about 6.8 grammes.

Both were arrested under Section 39A(1) of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and Section 6(1)(C) of Immigration Act 1959/1963.— DayakDaily