Tatau farm workers arrested for suspected drug abuse, owning homemade shotguns

One of the suspects pointing to the homemade shotgun.

By William Isau

TATAU, Feb 27: The Tatau Criminal Investigation Division (JJSJ) Task Force arrested two local men on suspicion of drug abuse and possessing two homemade shotguns.

Tatau District Police Chief Deputy Superintendent Jame Reis said the two suspects, aged 27 and 36, were arrested during an Op Laras and Op Yapis operation in front of a restaurant in Pasar Baru, Tatau around 4pm yesterday.

“Investigation on a Toyota Hilux vehicle used by the two suspects led to the discovery of a tube containing drugs believed to be ‘syabu’ or methamphetamine with a gross weight of 0.17 grammes in the driver’s seat along with self-made equipment to smoke ‘syabu’ and a shotgun bullet,” he said

He said the two suspects were then taken to the Tatau IPD Task Force office for questioning.

According to Jame, further investigation by the police found that the two suspects were also workers at a farm in Tatau.

The suspects had admitted to owning two homemade shotgun barrels used for animal hunting purposes.

“The suspects led the team to a location where the two shotgun barrels were hidden, together with five more live bullets in the farm worker’s house in Jalan Tatau-Sibu,” he said.

Both suspects admitted that they owned the two homemade shotguns, also known as ‘bakakuk’.

Jame said the two suspects were detained and will be remanded for offenses under Section 12 (2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and Section 8(a) of the Firearms Act 1960. — DayakDaily