Unemployed man freed of drug trafficking, possession charges

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, Dec 7: A 28-year-old unemployed man walked out a free man when he was acquitted and discharged by the High Court here on drug trafficking and possession charges.

Judge Ravinthran N Paramaguru meted out the judgement against Chong Jun Fah after ruling that the prosecution had failed to prove the accused had custody and control of the place where police found the drugs.

Chong, from the Stampin Resettlement Scheme, was slapped with two charges under paragraph 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under subsection 39B(2) of the same Act for trafficking 9,145 grams of Methamphetamine and 121 grams of 3,4 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine on Sept 21, 2017, at about 1.30pm at a house in Stampin Resettlement.

He was also charged under subsection 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under subsection 12(3) of the same Act for possessing 0.29 grams of Methamphetamine.

For the first and second charges, the drugs were found inside a storeroom located outside the house. The storeroom door could not be locked, so anyone could access the room without a key.

As for the third charge, the drugs were found in a bedroom of the house, but the bedroom does not belong to the accused.

Chong was represented by Roger Chin and Osman Ibrahim, while Deputy Public Prosecutor Hayda Faridzal Abu Hasan prosecuted. — DayakDaily