KOTA TINGGI: A father and son have been detained for alleged drug trafficking and smuggling contraband goods here.
Johor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Shafie Ismail said that the suspects, aged 47 and 21, were arrested during a raid at a workshop at Jalan Lombong around 6pm on Saturday (Feb 15).
He added that further inspection at the premises found 7,880 packets of Eramin 5 pills, 471 boxes of cigarettes, 12 packets of fireworks and two vehicles - a Toyota Camry and a Hyundai Trajet 2.0 - all worth RM1.25mil during the operation.
“Police were initially investigating the son under Section 324 of the Penal Code for causing harm, however, when the police arrived at the workshop, we found drugs, cigarettes, fireworks, 12 machetes, and 12 car plates of different numbers.
“Based on initial investigations, we also believed that the suspects' modus operandi is to swap car plate numbers every time they conducted their illegal activities to avoid being caught,” he added.
DCP Shafie said this during a press conference held at the Kota Tinggi district police headquarters here on Sunday (Feb 16).
He added that investigations also revealed that the father and son had recently shifted their illicit cigarette smuggling business to drugs after their activities were often detected by authorities.
“The pills are believed to have been supplied from Kuala Lumpur and are meant for the southern market, especially Johor.
"Both suspects also have a previous criminal record," he said, adding that the father was previously investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for a murder case and had been previously nabbed for gambling activities.
DCP Shafie added that both suspects were currently under remand until Feb 22 to assist with investigations.
He added that the case was being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967, Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957, Section 29(1) of the Minor Offences Act 1955 as well as the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958.
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