PENANG: A 43-year-old man said to be a drug trafficking syndicate member was arrested at Jalan Trang, here.
A team led by Chief Insp Abdul Razak Habibie ambushed a pre-war house following a tip-off on two stolen cars on Sunday.
They waited for two days before the man arrived and tried to start one of the cars.
George Town deputy OCPD Supt Gan Kong Meng said the team immediately arrested the man, searched his rented house and recovered a fake pistol, three parangs and three knives.
The team also found 50gm of shabu, also known as ice, 100 ecstasy pills and 20gm of ketamine, a type of animal tranquilliser used as a club drug.
Also recovered was more than RM5,000. Police also found 20 counterfeit RM100 notes.
“Our investigations showed that the high quality currency notes were supposed to be used to pay his drug supplier. We are now trying to determine the source of the notes,” he told a press conference yesterday.
Supt Gan said the man was a “newcomer” to the drug world as checks showed that he had never been arrested for any crime before.
He said the two cars, a Honda Civic and a Proton Waja, worth more than RM150,000, found in his possession, were recently reported stolen in Selangor.
The man has been remanded for two weeks. Police are now looking for his two accomplices who have been identified.
Supt Gan added that the case had been classified as drug trafficking, an offence that carries the mandatory death sentence.