Singaporean man, 56, arrested in Malaysia for drug possession

Johor deputy police chief SAC Datuk Mohd Zakaria Ahmad (centre) with some of the seized items.
Johor deputy police chief SAC Datuk Mohd Zakaria Ahmad (centre) with some of the seized items.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian police have arrested a 56-year-old Singaporean for possessing various drugs amounting to RM1.23 million (S$406,600) - enough for 36,150 addicts - during a raid at an apartment in Taman Mount Austin in Johor Baru.

State deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Zakaria Ahmad said that the seized drugs included 5.826kg of Syabu, 565g of Ketamine, 220g of heroin, 35 gram of Ecstasy powder, 5,536 Ecstasy pills and 200 Erimine-5 pills.

"The police were conducting a special operation when the 56-year-old suspect riding a motorcycle was detained for inspection at Taman Daya at around 9.15pm on Wednesday," he said during a press conference held at the state police headquarters on Thursday (Sept 15).

He said that police found 27g of Syabu drugs on him and this led to the raid on the suspect's house where the rest of the drugs were found.

"Initial investigations showed that the suspect travelled to Singapore regularly and had been carrying out drug-dealing activities for more than three months," he said, adding that the seized drugs were mainly for consumption in Malaysia.

SAC Mohd Zakaria said that the total value of the seized items amounted to RM1.23 million, including RM7,000 cash, a motorcycle, a weighing machine, a sealer and some plastic.

"Investigations also revealed that the suspect had previous criminal records for drug offences and tested positive (for drugs) during the arrest," he said.

He added that the case was being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

"The suspect was staying in the apartment alone and will be remanded for further investigations," he said.