Public tip-off leads to suspected drug peddler’s arrest

The drugs which were seized from the suspect’s socks and inside his 4x4 vehicle.

MARUDI, Jan 30: Marudi police on Monday arrested a local man, aged 35, for possible drug dealing activities.

Baram police chief, DSP Gabriel Risut, who confirmed the arrest today, said, police believed the suspect who worked at an estate in Bukit Limau, Lapok Bakong, has been actively involved in dealing drugs for several months prior to the arrest.

In the 9.30am arrest, a Marudi police team led by ASP Mohd Ruslan Mat Kib, went to an estate workers’ quarters in Bukit Limau, Lapok, following a public tip-off on the suspect’s whereabouts.

Upon conducting a body search of the suspect, the police found five translucent packets, containing a substance believed to be Syabu and valued at RM750, inside the suspect’s socks which he was wearing at the time of the body search.

The team also recovered another 14 packets inside a cigarette packet containing a substance also suspected to be Syabu, worth around RM2,100, in the four-wheel-drive (4×4) vehicle belonging to the suspect.

The suspect is currently detained under police custody at Marudi police station for questioning. A urine test conducted on the suspect returned negative.

The suspect has no prior criminal records.

The case is being investigated under Section 39A(1) and Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, two Indonesian men from a plantation estate in Bukit Limau, Sungai Tuyut, Tinjar, Long Lama, were arrested for drug possession.

The duo, aged 36 and 35 years-old were picked up during a raid by Marudi police at the estate workers’ quarters on Monday around 9am.

During the raid, the team seized illegal substances believed to be Syabu weighing at 10.52g and valued at RM1,000.

Both suspects are currently detained at Marudi police station for questioning.