Suspected drug courier evades GOF, drugs worth RM360,000 seized

Rosdi showing a picture of the confiscated drugs at a press conference.

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by Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Oct 22: The 11th Battalion General Operation Force (GOF) seized six kilogrammes of ketamin and a four-wheel drive vehicle left behind by a fleeing man at the border with Indonesia near Tebedu during a routine patrol yesterday morning.

PGA Kuching Commanding Officer Superintendent Rosdi Inai said six GOF personnel led by Inspector Bazli Ahmad were patrolling the ICQS complex exit area in Tebedu at about 10.30am when a white Toyota Hilux suddenly stopped and parked at the side of the road.

“As they approached the suspicious looking vehicle, a male driver suddenly bolted out and ran towards the exit. He managed to enter the Indonesian side of the border and escaped. Upon a thorough check, the GOF personnel found six packets of ketamin behind the cabin, carefully wrapped in aluminium foil, of about one kilogramme each packet,” Rosdi said at a press conference today.

Police managed to arrest the passenger, a 33-year-old Indonesian man who was left behind by the driver.

They are also investigating the driver’s nationality and the owner of the vehicle.

The drugs estimated to be worth RM360,000 and the Malaysian registered Toyota Hilux (RM90,000) were confiscated by the police.

“Based on information received, it is believed that the drugs were about to be smuggled into the neighbouring country. We’ve handed over the suspect and items to Serian police district for investigation under Section 39(B) of Dangerous Drug Act 1952,” Rosdi said.

He also urged the local community to continue to provide information and work together with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) in dealing with any crime, especially those involving cross-border activity. — DayakDaily