Suspected drug buyer unknowingly walks into trouble

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By Brad Rantay

MIRI, Jan 21: A 34-year-old man literally got himself into trouble with the law when he walked into a budget hotel room here yesterday without realising that police had just busted an unemployed man for a drug crime.

The suspected ‘buyer’ was immediately collared, and the policemen present found a packet of drugs weighing 0.03 grammes inside his sling bag.

He has been remanded for two days to facilitate investigation under Section 12 of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952.

Minutes earlier, a team from the Miri Narcotics Crime Investigation Department arrested a 39-year-old jobless man inside the hotel room at Centre Point Commercial Centre Phase 1.

During the 2.30pm raid, the raiding team found six transparent plastic packets containing 7.16 grammes of what is believed to be methamphetamine (syabu).

The seized drugs are estimated to be worth about RM1,300 on the streets.

“Checks on the room found a leather bag containing the packets (six packets) suspected to be meth (syabu),” said Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah in a press statement issued today.

He added that a urine test conducted on the suspect found traces of drugs.

The suspect has been remanded for three days to assist police investigations. The case is being investigated under Section 39A (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and Section 15(1) (a) of the same Act. — DayakDaily