Police confiscate marijuana plants from vege garden in Sungai Bidut, 5 arrested for drug charges

Ata observes the marijuana plants with Collin (centre) and Mustafa.

SIBU, July 29: Police have seized 34 potted marijuana plants and arrested five people at a vegetable garden in Sungai Bidut on Wednesday.

The plants, which are worth RM56,346 according to Deputy Commissioner of Police Datuk Mancha Ata measured between two to seven feet tall.

“The Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (JSJN) carried out a raid on a garden in Sungai Bidut between 7.30am and 3.30pm on July 27. Five suspects aged between 29 and 59 were detained. A vehicle worth RM40,000 was also seized from them,” he said at a press conference today.

He said the suspects comprised of a local man, two local women and two foreigners.

“All of them have no previous criminal records either for drugs or violent crime. Urine tests on the local male suspect came back positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) drug while the others tested negative,” he said.

Ata said the local male suspect is being investigated under Section 6B of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 and Section 15 (1)(a) of the same Act while the four others are being investigated under Section 6B of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952.

The section provides for life imprisonment and a minimum of six strokes of the cane if convicted in court, he added.

They had been ordered to be remanded for two days until Saturday by the Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

Present at the press conference were State Narcotic Criminal Investigation Department head, ACP Mustafa Kamal Gani Abdullah and Sibu deputy OCPD, Supt Collin Babat. — DayakDaily