KLUANG: A 33-year-old man is believed to have been drowned after jumping into a river to escape being arrested by the police for suspected involvement in drugs.
Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Low Hang Sen said that the police had raided an area in Jalan Mersing here following a tip-off on drug distribution and consumption activities at about 4.30pm on Friday (Jan 22).
"Upon arriving at the scene, the police officers sighted several suspicious men under a bridge believed to be taking drugs.
"When approached by the police, some of them jumped into the river to avoid being arrested. The police managed to arrest two of them," he said when contacted.
He said that based on investigations on the two men arrested, there were seven people in the area during the raid and five had jumped into the river to escape.
"One of the men who jumped did not resurface and is believed to have drowned," he said, adding that the fire and rescue department and the Civil Defence Force (APM) were contacted to assist in search-and-rescue efforts.
He said that the two men arrested, who are between the ages of 39 and 41 years old, tested positive for drugs and have previous criminal records.
"We also found three transparent packets believed to contain heroin, weighing about 2.53g at the area where the suspects were during the raid," he said.
He added that the case is being investigated under Section 39A(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1962.
"Based on checks, the suspect who was believed to have drowned also has a criminal record with seven previous offences," he said.
Meanwhile, Kluang Fire and Rescue department station chief Akob Sidek said that the search-and-rescue operation for the missing suspect was still ongoing as at 4pm Saturday (Jan 23).
"Nine personnel were deployed to the scene at 4.56pm on Friday to carry out the search-and-rescue operation.
"The operation ended at about 7pm on Friday as it was getting dark and was continued Saturday morning," he said.
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