KOTA KINABALU: A drug runner, who was paid RM20 per run, has been arrested.
The 42-year-old Filipino was caught with 50.71g of suspected syabu with a street value of RM5,071 in Kg Vietnam at Tanjung Batu in Sabah’s east coast Tawau town.
Tawau district police chief Asst Comm Peter Umbah said the suspect did not have any identity documents and is believed to have entered the state illegally.
He said a police team from the anti-narcotics unit approached the suspect in the area but he tried to escape. However, they managed to arrest the suspect after overpowering him.
“On checking the suspect’s pockets, they found a plastic packet which had five other packets of different sizes inside.
"It all contained crystalline substance that we suspect is syabu,” he said on Thursday (July 2).
He said the suspect claimed that he did the deliveries and was paid RM20.
ACP Peter said that investigations were carried out under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act which carries the death sentence if found guilty.
In an unrelated arrest, the General Operations Force (GOF) arrested three people trying to smuggle out 324 bags of used clothes worth RM162,000 from Tawau to neighbouring Indonesia.
GOF Battalion 14 commander Supt. Mohd Yacob Murad said the suspects aged between 37 and 59 were unloading the bundles from a lorry to an illegal jetty near a river within a prawn farm in Wakuba when the team arrested them on Wednesday (July 1) night.
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