KOTA KINABALU: A woman, believed to have been moving in and out of Sabah as a drug mule, has been nabbed in Sandakan.
With her arrest at a food stall in the district, police seized what was believed to be syabu weighing more than 7kg and worth about RM360, 000 from a tightly packed box she had with her at about 5pm on April 23.
Sabah police chief Datuk Omar Mammah said this drug bust is the largest for Sabah so far this year.
“The woman, in her 40s, is a foreigner and she has been found to be entering and exiting Sabah quite often, using a valid passport,” he said during a press conference here on Monday (April 29).
He said during the raid, the woman was found with a huge box, which was tightly taped and tied up and believed ready to be smuggled out of Sabah and for distribution in the local market.
“Inside the box, our team of policemen found six packets of substance, some packed in biscuit and coffee packaging,” Omar said.
He said upon inspection, they found that the biscuit and coffee packets were filled with what is believed to be syabu.
The woman, who was tested negative for drugs and unemployed, told police that she got the supplies from Lahad Datu.
“We suspect that these supplies were packed from elsewhere, whereas Lahad Datu is just one of the transit points,” he said.
Omar said they are on the hunt for her husband who has gone into hiding, tracking down the suppliers, her accomplices and investigating other matters with regards to this case.
“The suspect will be remanded until April 30,” he said, adding they will decide to proceed to charge her or to apply for an extension of remand after that.
If convicted of her crime under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, the suspect could face the gallows or given life imprisonment with canning.
For drug busts this year, Omar said a total of 4, 212 people have been nabbed between January and March this year, out of which 304 are dealers.
“We recorded an increase of 744 arrests compared to the same period last year,” he said.
As for drug confiscations during the same period for 2019, more than 9kg have been made compared with about 7kg for the same period in 2018.