KOTA KINABALU: A local man may end up spending the rest of his life behind bars or worse after he was nabbed for possession of more than 1kg of cannabis on Wednesday (Feb 20).
The man in his 40s, believed to be a dealer part of a larger syndicate, was arrested at about 3.40pm at Taman Dikson, Lintas near here.
Sabah Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said prior to his arrest, the man was spotted standing near a car in the area when police went over to inspect.
“Upon carrying out a body search, the police found nothing illegal on him. But when they searched his car, they found a small black bag hidden under the floor carpet,” he said during a press conference here on Friday (Feb 22).
He said inside the bag, several packets of what was believed to be cannabis weighing 214g was found.
Zaini said cannabis was normally used in cigarettes and were mainly sold and "enjoyed" at entertainment outlets such as pubs and bars.
He said further interrogation saw the suspect leading the police team to a house in nearby Taman Cantik, where they found more cannabis stored in a luggage.
“The cannabis in the luggage were in packets weighing about 944g,” he said.
Zaini said the total drug haul was 1.158kg, valued about RM2,500.
The man will be remanded for seven days until Feb 27, and is being investigated under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952. He could face the gallow or a life sentence with caning upon conviction.
“We are tracking down the rest of the syndicate,” he said.
On other matters, Zaini said the Sabah Police Narcotics Department had arrested at total of 2,299 people including 168 dealers between January and Feb 21 this year.
“This is 10% or 209 more arrests made compared to the same period last year,” he said.
He said of all the different types of drugs seized this year, syabu made up the most at 3907.81g.
Sabah police also made their first ketum leaf confiscation this year and the total amount seized was about 6kg.