Kelantan police seize over eight tons of ketum leaves and pistol in separate raids

  • Nation
  • Monday, 27 May 2019

TANAH MERAH (Bernama): The police have seized 8,650kg of ketum leaves worth RM26,280 and a Colt pistol in two separate raids carried out in Jeli and Pasir Mas on Sunday (May 26).

Kelantan police chief Datuk Hassanuddin Hassan said the seizure of ketum leaves was carried out by Criminal Investigation Division of the Jeli district police headquarters at Kampung Baru Jalan Malaysia at 6pm on Sunday.

He said the seizure was carried out after police detained two suspects aged 35 and 20 who were travelling in a lorry.

"We found a transparent bottle filled with ketum water and we also found 8,650kg of ketum leaves packed in 173 black plastic bags in a further check," he told a press conference at the Tanah Merah IPD here on Monday (May 27).

Hassanudin said the supply of ketum leaves was obtained from Sik, Kedah and were to be marketed in the Pasir Mas area.

"A check also found the 35-year-old suspect has two criminal records while both of them tested negative for drugs.

"The remand application for the two suspects is being made today to assist with the investigation under Section 30 (3) of the Poisons Act 1952," he said.

Meanwhile, he said that a Colt pistol was seized from a 29-year-old man during a raid carried out at Kampung Banggol Kulim, Rantau Panjang at 8pm on Sunday.

"The pistol was found tucked under his waist and the police also found three machetes as well as a raincoat resembling those belonging to the police," he said.

He said the suspect also tested positive for amphetamines and had five previous criminal records.

"The suspect has been remanded for six days to assist in the investigation under Section 8 of the Firearms Act 1971, Section 8(a) of the Firearms Act 1960 and Section 89 of the Police Act 1967," he said. – Bernama

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