Penang police nab three and seize syabu at MCO roadblock


  • Nation
  • Monday, 16 Nov 2020

GEORGE TOWN: A routine stop at a roadblock led police to arrests and a drug haul here.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said the 7.50pm incident took place at a roadblock to enforce the conditional movement control order (MCO) in front of Batu Uban Sports Complex at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway on Sunday (Nov 15).

ACP Soffian said the vehicle was stopped by police for having four people inside, which violated the conditional MCO regulations.

Upon checking, he said the driver also did not have a valid driving licence.

ACP Soffian said during the process of issuing a summons and compound, one of the suspects fled from the scene.

He said police smelled something fishy, and during a search found a transparent packet containing drugs believed to be syabu weighing about 254g.

He said three three suspects, including a 19-year-old woman, were arrested.

He said two of the suspects, aged 23, also tested positive for methamphetamine and had prior records for drug offenses.

"We are pursuing a 26-year-old man who is the driver of the car, whom we believed fled from the roadblock on foot," he said during a press conference at George Town police headquarters.

ACP Soffian said the drugs seized during the arrest was worth about RM25,400 and could be used by 150 drug addicts.

He added through interrogation and intel gathered, the drugs were meant to be brought to Perlis.

"We believe this syndicate has been active for the past 10 months," he said.

Meanwhile, ACP Soffian said police also arrested a lorry driver at Jalan Sungai Pinang and seized packets of ketum juice.

He said the 39-year-old suspect was detained during a routine police crime prevention patrol on Monday (Nov 15) at about 2.30am.

"During the arrest, police found 35 green plastic, each containing 28 smaller packets of ketum juice, at the back of the lorry," he said.

He said following the discovery, the suspect led police to another location in Permatang Damar Laut, in Bayan Lepas and where another 144 plastic bags containing dried ketum leaves was found.

He said the seizure amounted to RM12,310.

"We believed the suspect had been active in supplying ketum juice in the district for the past three months," he said.

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