Suspects linked to distribution of RM50,000 worth of drugs held


Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff (right) in a press conference at the Johor Police Contingent headquarters in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Police had detained three male suspects aged between 40 and 50 in Muar believed to be involved in the drug distribution activities in the district.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said that the suspects were nabbed at on March 2, at around 11.45pm in an operation in Parit Yusuf, Muar.

In the special joint-operation, police and the Muar Anti-Narcotics Investigation Department had confiscated five blocks of compressed ganja weighing 5kg.

“The ganja has a street value of RM50,000 and can be used by 10,000 drug addicts,” he told a press conference at the Johor Police Contingent headquarters here.

Comm Mohd Mokhar said initial investigation showed that one of the suspects had previous drug abuse records while the other two were tested positive for drugs.

Police had also confiscated a car and RM3,950 cash from them believed to be the sales money from their illegal drug dealings.

The trio had been detained to assist in the investigation and the case is being investigated under Section 39b of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952, which carries mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

Separately, police had on March 1, detained 75 women from China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in a house in Taman Mount Austin here believed to be involved in the prostitution ring.

He said initial investigation showed that they entered the country as tourists but had misused their social visit pass, and offered sex services.

“They (foreign prostitutes) keep on coming here and we will keep on harassing them as we cannot tolerate vice activities,” added Comm Mohd Mokhtar.

He also urged members of the public to continue working closely with the police by disseminating information or tip-off the police on vice activities taking place in their areas.

Comm Mohd Mokhtar said police could not work alone in preventing and reducing crimes in the country as it needed co-operation from all.

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