Sarawak police seize record-breaking RM848,100 worth of syabu, 3 arrested

Mancha (second right) holding up a portion of the seized drugs during the press conference.

by Tedong Rantayy
MIRI, Jan 26: In a major breakthrough, Sarawak Narcotics Police confiscated drugs (syabu or methamphetamine) valued at RM848,100, marking the largest seizure of the year.

The operation resulted in the arrest of three local men, announced Sarawak Police Commissioner Dato’ Mancha Ata during a press conference at Miri Police Headquarters on Friday.

The first suspect, aged 22, was taken into custody upon his arrival from Kuala Lumpur International at Miri Airport on Jan 24 (Wednesday).

A staggering 25,700 grammes of drugs were found concealed in the suspect’s luggage, making it the most significant haul in the history of Sarawak Narcotics Police.

“This is the biggest haul for this year, in Sarawak Narcotics Police history,” stated Mancha.

Following the initial arrest at Miri Airport, the police apprehended the other two suspects on the same day around 9.30am.

The duo, aged 29 and 45, were detained at a shopping mall’s parking lot in Riam for their involvement in the drug trafficking syndicate.

Subsequent investigations revealed that the first and second suspects had previous criminal records, as all of them tested positive for methamphetamine.

Aside from the substantial drug seizure, the police also confiscated two gold rings, each valued at RM1,536 (5.12 grammes) and RM1,131.00 (3.77 grammes), along with a Perodua Axia worth RM16,000.

Dato’ Mancha emphasised that the quantity of drugs seized from the syndicate had the potential to reach approximately 128,500 drug addicts.

The first suspect has been remanded for seven days from Jan 25, while the second and third suspects are remanded for five days until Jan 30 for questioning.

The case is currently under investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. — DayakDaily