PENANG: Police seized more than 200gm of heroin worth over RM80,000 and arrested two drug traffickers in Air Itam here early yesterday.
Acting State Narcotics Department chief DSP Mohamad Anil Shah said a team led by Chief Insp Khairul Azhar picked up the duo at about 12.10am at a house they had been monitoring for some time.
“The duo, aged 41 and 64, were about to deliver the heroin, which they had just finished packing, when the team moved in. The packet of heroin was recovered after a thorough search of the house,” he said.
DSP Mohamad said the case had been classified as trafficking under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
He said the duo had been remanded for two weeks.
A check by the narcotics department showed that the older man had a string of previous convictions for involvement in drug trafficking over the past 10 years
This was the fourth major seizure made by the State Narcotics Department over the past two weeks.
A total of 798gm of heroin worth more than RM300,000 were seized in three separate incidents between May 16 and May 20.
Six people including a female Chinese national, all in their 30s, were picked up in Perak Road, Jelutong and Seberang Prai by several narcotics department teams.
Several Ecstasy pills and some syabu were also recovered from the suspects.
Police believed a major drug pipeline had been cut off with the arrest of the traffickers.
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