JOHOR BARU: The police arrested two civil servants and five other men for possessing ketum leaves and ketum water at a flat in Masai here.
Johor Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Mohd Afzanizam Yahaya said the arrests were made following a raid at a hut in Taman Rinting, Masai at around 4.45pm on Friday (Aug 21) based on information from the public.
He said police found 5kg of ketum leaves stashed in the boot of a car that was parked near the hut.
“That led us to a storeroom at the flat where we found an ice box filled with 16.4l of ketum water as well as a gas stove and utensils kept in a unit of the same block, believed to be used to boil the ketum water, ” he said in a statement on Saturday (Aug 22).
He added that the ketum operation had been going on for about a year, adding that the suspects are aged 22 to 57 years old and had been remanded for three days for investigation under Section 30(3) of the Poisons Act 1952.
Under the Act, the suspects can face a maximum fine of RM10,000, a jail term of not more than four years or both if found guilty.
In a separate operation at 1.30am on Saturday, ACP Mohd Afzanizam said that a 29-year-old man and a male 17-year-old were arrested after testing positive for methamphetamine at an entertainment outlet in Johor Baru.
He said the two suspects were picked up after the police conducted checks on 21 customers at the outlet.
“We also arrested the outlet’s 35-year-old manager for illegally selling alcohol as well as for failing to take social distancing measures and for defying the standard operating procedure (SOP), ” he said.
A compound of RM1,000 was handed to the premises and the case was classified under Rule 3(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulation 2020, he said.
The two drug-positive suspects were remanded for two days starting today for investigation under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Meanwhile, ACP Mohd Afzanizan also reminded the public to always follow the recovery movement control order (MCO) and continue to observe social distancing in public places.
“We will not hesitate to take action against those who defy the SOP under the MCO, ” he added.
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