Drug kingpin faces death penalty
ALOR GAJAH: A previous conviction and an ongoing trial for drug charges did not deter a notorious drug dealer, who was rearrested on Tuesday at 11.30am for continuing his business as a kingpin of the trade here.
Police said the suspect, 31, was a hardened criminal following a raid on his house in Sungai Petai, where he was taking drugs with three others, aged between 20 and 40, also believed to be dealers.
“This suspect is a repeat offender and has spent time in jail.
“He returned to the trade as soon as he was released,” said district police chief Superintendent A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz.
“We finally caught him with sufficient amount of drugs to be charged under Section 39(b) of the Dangerous Drugs Act. We can regard this as a success.”
Asmadi said the suspect, who worked as a labourer, had not been caught with enough drugs to charge him under Section 39(b) for drug trafficking, which carries the death penalty.
“Drug pushers are smart. They usually break up their supply into smaller amounts to avoid facing sterner penalties should they be caught. He (the suspect) is facing trial for a similar offence, but under Section 39(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act (for possession), which carries a lighter penalty.”
On Tuesday, 11 officers from the district Criminal Investigation Department seized drugs with a street value of more than RM9,000 from the suspect’s house.
The haul included 59g of heroin, 51g of metamphetamine, 8.5g of Ketamin, one Ecstasy pill, 27 Eramin5 tablets and 140 units of 1g Ya ba pills, which was sufficient to charge the four under Section 39(b).
Asmadi said police had ascertained that the suspect and his accomplices had just returned from purchasing their supply of drugs from a distributor in the Klang Valley.
“They had tested positive for drugs. We believe this will cripple the supply of such drugs in the area since they are among the most active dealers.”
We finally caught him with sufficient amount of drugs to be charged under Section 39(b) of the Dangerous Drugs Act.