KOTA KINABALU: Police busted a syabu packaging premise at an apartment here with the arrest a 24-year-old man.
The anti-narcotics policemen also seized some 1,010grams of syabu with a street value of RM180, 000 and other packaging equipment from the apartment unit at Grace Court in Sembulan here, said Sabah Narcotics Department chief Supt Abdul Rahim Dolmat Thursday.
Following the arrest of the suspect, state police sought the help of their counterparts in peninsular Malaysia who arrested at 40-year-old man who had just landed in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 on a flight from Sandakan.
“We are arranging for the suspect to be brought back to Sabah to facilitate our investigations into the case,’’ he said.
He said they hoped to get more information that might lead police to the kingpin of the syndicate who is believed to be bringing in syabu from peninsular Malaysia.
Rahim said that a police team were tipped off about the activities of the group at Grace Court apartment before moving in on the first suspect who was at the parking lot of the apartment where they found two packets of syabu (each containing 100gms) inside his pocket at about 2.30pm on Tuesday.
“He led us to the apartment and we found another 800gms in packets and also an electronic weighing scale and a plastic sealer used for packaging the syabu,’’ he said, adding that the rented apartment was only used for packaging activities.
Rahim said the suspect led them to the identity of a second suspect but on searching for him, they realised that he was on a flight from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur, prompting police alert their counterparts in peninsular Malaysia.
“We believe the second suspect can give us more information,’’ he added.
He said investigations were carried out for trafficking under section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 that carries the death penalty if found guilty by the courts.
He said so far this year, state police have arrested 398 people for trafficking in various types of illicit drugs.