Five charged with trafficking over RM340mil of drugs in Johor

JOHOR BARU: Five individuals - including a pair of siblings - have been charged at the Magistrate's Court here with trafficking drugs amounting to more than RM340mil.

The accused, Goh Chee Kuang, 44, Lee Chia Hui, 33, Lye Chang Pung, 39, Lye Chang Lim, 35 and Bally Paw Shaw Kiat, 38, face 18 charges between them.

They were charged with trafficking various drugs including ketamine and methamphetamine between 102grams and 210kg.

All accused allegedly committed the offences at various locations including Taman Mount Austin, Taman Baiduri and Taman Setia Indah between Jan 9 and Jan 15.

The charges against them were read out in Mandarin in front of Magistrate Nurmardiana Mamat here on Tuesday (Jan 26).

They were charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and can be sentence under Section 39B(2) of the same Act and read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which carries a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

No plea was recorded from the five accused and magistrate Nurmardiana set April 26 for the next mention of the case pending a chemistry report.

Deputy public prosecutors Faizal Noor Hadi and Suriani Ujang prosecuted the case while lawyers Datuk Micheal K. L. Chee and Kevin Quah Kai Weng represented all of the accused.

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