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RM354,611 drugs are destroyed
Published on: Sunday, July 21, 2019
By: Johan Aziz

KENINGAU: A total of 7,360.87gm of various types of drugs with a market value of RM354,611.04 were disposed of by the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department of Sabah Police Contingent Headquarters at Cargo Timber Sdn Bhd, here.

Sabah Police Deputy Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said the drugs comprised Methamphetamine or syabu weighing 7,030.15gm, heroin (0.51gm), marijuana (166.04gm), ketamine (4.57gm), ecstasy, psychopathic pills, eramin 5/diazepam/nimetazepam/paracetamol weighing 199.60gm, other drugs and non-drug items.

“The drugs were from cases from 1982 to 2018 which had been completed trial in court involving 2,590 investigations papers. The disposal this time involved 20 districts in the Sabah contingent,” he said.

He said the disposal of the drugs, which had obtained disposal instructions from the court, was the first carried out this year.

“The disposal is aimed at preventing the main storage space for the districts of the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department from becoming unstable and making difficult the movement for outgoing cases for trial purposes.

“In addition, it is to provide storage space for new cases and still in trial. Other purposes include preventing drug case items from being damaged, torn and tampered with pests such as mice, cockroaches and termites,” he said.

Additionally, he said, it could endanger the health of personnel in the case store and the investigating officer who manages the case items.

He said these regulations should be implemented in accordance with the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) in investigating cases under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

According to him, the court will give instructions to the police through the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) for the drug case items to be destroyed after the trial and expiration of the appeal.

Hence, he said, the disposal was also one of the ways to do audit on the confiscated drug case items. 

Zaini said in order to comply with the requirements of the environmental standards, the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department has decided to use the company for a closed burning process.

“We thank all those involved in the disposal process, especially the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Cargo Timber Sdn Bhd and the Keningau District Police Headquarters,” he said.

Also present to witness the disposal were Sabah Police Contingent Headquarters Narcotic Criminal Investigation Department Head Supt Ahmad Jawila, District Police Chief DSP Shahrudin Mat Husian, Keningau Branch MACC Chief Suriati Sukarti, senior officers of the Sabah Contingent Police and  heads of the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Departments from 20 districts in the State.



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