Former detainee and drug suspect caught in police raid

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 03 Aug 2004

KLANG: A former detainee and another man who is still on bail were arrested in Taman Bayu Perdana here after police caught them in possession of firearms, parang and drugs during a raid. 

Police believe they were involved in illegal moneylending. 

The 34-year-old former detainee had been released only a week ago after spending 31 months at the Simpang Renggam detention camp for violent crimes and several robberies while the other man, aged 38 years, was originally freed on bail over a drug charge. 

They were arrested at a house in Taman Bayu Perdana here. 

Police recovered a Czech-made Luger firearms with a magazine and eight rounds of bullets, another unknown pistol with a star trademark with a magazine and six rounds, and a five-inch revolver with five rounds. 

Several packets of drugs were also found in a bedroom of the house during the police raid on Saturday. 

State police chief Comm Datuk Fauzi Shaari said investigations revealed that the suspects were involved in illegal moneylending. 

“We believe the weapons were used to threaten and extort those who do not service interest or repay loans obtained from loan sharks,” he told reporters at the district police headquarters here yesterday. 

“One of the suspects is also the owner of the raided premises while the other was from Jalan Kapar here,” he said. 

Comm Fauzi said police also recovered seven identity cards from the house and their investigations revealed that the documents belonged to borrowers of loans. 

“We have obtained a week’s remand order on the suspects.” 

He said they could be charged under Section 7 of the Firearms (Increased Penalty) Act, 1971 for possession of the weapons which imposes whipping, death or life imprisonment upon conviction. 

“They are also being investigated under Section 6(1) of the Corrosive, Explosive and Offensive Ordinance, 1958 and Firearms Act, 1960 and Section 39(b) of the Dangerous Drugs Act.”  

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