Published on: Saturday, October 19, 2013
The approximately 3,816.49gm seized were estimated worth RM912,000 in the local market.
State Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said the arrest and seizure was made by an anti-narcotics team from Penampang Police Headquarters in a raid on an apartment in Beverly Hills Phase 2 at about 10.20am.
The apartment was suspected to have been used for drug distribution activity, he told a press conference at the State Police Contingent headquarters in Kepayan, Friday afternoon.
He said the apartment was found to be occupied by the man in his 40s and upon inspection the team found a red plastic packet containing a crystal-like substance believed to be syabu, weighing 232.04gm, inside one of the rooms in the unit.
During further inspection, the team found two already unpacked closed-circuit camera units in another room as well as a big box containing 18 small boxes of closed-circuit camera units.
On checking these units the team found in each of them a plastic packet containing suspected syabu. Each packet weighed about 200gm.
Hamza said the suspect, together with the seized items, were then brought to the Penampang police headquarters for further investigations.
The suspect was also found positive for methamphetamine, he said, adding the case has been classified as drug trafficking under Section 398 of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the death sentence on conviction.
"We believe the seized drug was intended for the local market, but we are still investigating to determine the exact location or destination," he said, adding the seized drug was believed to have been sent in from another country using the service of private fast delivery company.
Police also believe the suspect could be a drug syndicate member recruited by an international drug syndicate to receive drugs going into Sabah and may have been given an incentive (upah) with all the hotel cost and flight tickets borne by the syndicate.
A modus operandi like this is frequently used by international drug syndicates where drugs would be concealed inside closed-circuit television (CCTV) with intention to fool the authorities, he said.
Assuring that police will continue to intensify efforts against drug trafficking, Hamza said they together with the other security and enforcement agencies will continue to tighten monitoring and control activities at all the entry and exit points.
At the same time, he also urged all community members to work with the police in fighting the drug menace by channelling relevant information. Information providers are protected under the law, he assured.
According to Hamza, some 9,881 people have been arrested under drug prevention activities between Jan 1 and Oct 17 this year.
Apart from that police have also detained 13 people under the Special Prevention Measures Act during the said period, he said, adding the seized drugs were mostly methamphetamine (84,916.46gm) and followed by cannabis (696.29gm), ketamine (244.39gm), Ecstasy (107 pills) and Erimin 5 (159 pills).