Drug king­pin faces death penalty

New Straits Times - - News -

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.

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