KUANTAN: Two suspected traffickers who fled a high speed chase along the East Coast Highway ended up one getting killed and another seriously injured.
The 27-year-old suspect from Kuala Lumpur died on the spot after he was pinned inside the overturned vehicle.
His accomplice, aged 24, from Kuantan, suffered serious injuries after he was thrown out due to the impact of the crash.
Pahang Deputy CPO Deputy Comm Datuk Fatimah Ghazali said both suspects fled towards the Gambang toll plaza before going into a motorcycle lane against traffic flow during the 1pm incident.
DCP Fatimah said upon reaching a traffic light junction along the Kuantan-Segamat road with police in hot pursuit, the car skidded and hit an oil palm tree at Felda Lepar Hilir 1.
“One of them died inside the mangled vehicle and another thrown out but survived the ordeal.
“Various packets of drugs comprising heroin, syabu and psychotropic pills worth RM199,000 and six cellphones were retrieved at the site,” she told a press conference here.
DCP Fatimah said background checks revealed both were not employed and had no previous records.
She said police believed the drugs were brought in from the Klang Valley for distribution in the east coast.
“We would be interrogating the injured suspect to get more information on other syndicate members and the chain of supply,” she said.
DCP Fatimah said separately, police arrested another suspected trafficker and seized an air rifle from him in Kampung Paya Bungor, Gambang.
She said drugs and cash amounting to RM11,840 were seized from the suspect, high on the wanted list.
“The suspect, aged 42, has nine previous records and was positive for morphine.
“We are still investigating the purpose of him carrying the rifle and tracking down other syndicate members,” she said, adding that the drugs comprising heroin, syabu and psychotrophic pills were meant for drug users in Kuantan and Pekan.
DCP Fatimah said both cases would be investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death penalty, upon conviction.