‘ Ex­plo­sive’ tac­tic to evade ar­rest

> Cops dis­cover bomb dur­ing drug raid on traf­fick­ers’ premises

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY P. CHAN­DRA SAGARAN

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.

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