‘ Explosive’ tactic to evade arrest
> Cops discover bomb during drug raid on traffickers’ premises
IPOH: Drug traffickers are believed to be using bombs to evade arrest at their premises.
The first such incident occurred when a police team raided a house in Bagan Seberang, Kuala Kurau in Kerian district on Tuesday.
Perak Narcotics Crime Investigation Department chief ACP R. Ravichandran said they stumbled on a mortar 60mm “Blind” in front of the house. It was later defused by a bomb disposal unit.
Ravichandran said the use of the explosive was probably to prevent the raiding party from entering the house and also to give the dealers time to escape.
However, he added, they have yet to ascertain the real reasons behind the use of a bomb by the syndicate.
He said during the raid, police had to plan their entry carefully as the house was built on stilts in the sea. The suspects could easily escape by jumping into the sea.
The 4.30am raid led police to arrest a 47-year-old man and seized 1.2kg of heroin and 13g of syabu worth RM19,630.
Ravichandran said the suspect, whose tested positive for amphetamine, had 11 records related to crime and drugs.
Police interrogation led them to arrest two more suspects, including a 25-year-old woman at a house in Taman Seri Kurau where 97.7g of syabu worth RM6,843 was seized.
A 49-year-old man was also arrested at a house in Jalan Siakap, Bagan Serai and 5,350 Erimin pills, 16.9g of heroin, 2.7g of syabu and seven Ecstasy pills valued at RM5,948 were seized. The man had 10 records of crime and drug cases.
Ravichandran said all the suspects are being remanded until Nov 15.
Initial investigations showed that the suspects, who had been operating the business for the past two months, were planning to distribute the drugs to some 1,500 addicts in the Kerian district.
Ravichandran showing a picture of a mortar 60mm ‘Blind’ that was found at one of the trafficker’s premises in Bagan Seberang, Kuala Kurau.