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French woman, four others held in Malaysia drugs raid

Published on Feb 1, 2014 3:46 PM
 
A French woman and four others detained in Malaysia on suspicion of growing cannabis could face the death penalty after police said Saturday, Feb 1, 2014, they were "very likely" to be charged with drug trafficking. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A French woman and four others detained in Malaysia on suspicion of growing cannabis could face the death penalty after police said Saturday they were "very likely" to be charged with drug trafficking.

The French woman, an Indonesian maid and three Malaysian men were arrested on Wednesday in a raid on two luxury apartment units in the capital of eastern Sabah state on Borneo island, state police chief Hamza Taib said.

Police seized 36 cannabis plants and half a kilogram of processed cannabis from the units, Mr Hamza said.

Malaysia is known for its strict anti-drug trafficking laws, and the offence carries a mandatory sentence of death by hanging upon conviction.

 
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