IPOH: A mother wielding a parang tried to stop National Anti-Drugs Agency officers from arresting her two sons in Batu Kurau, about 97km from here.
In the incident on Sunday (March 28), officers tried to coax the woman, who is in her 60s, to cooperate.
The two sons, aged 18 and 20, were arrested later while trying to escape from the roof.
The agency's state assistant enforcement director A. Rueben said the two brothers were hardcore addicts who had managed to evade arrests during previous operations.
"Cooperation by family members is important to rehabilitate drug users.
"If their family defends them, it makes it harder for them to recover from drug abuse," he said.
Rueben said the two-day operation in Larut, Matang dan Selama started on Saturday and a total of 36 male suspects were arrested, as well as a 45-year-old drug distributor.
"The drug distributor was found with about 55g of drugs, believed to be morphine worth about RM1,000.
"The man has been handed over to the police to be investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act," he said.
"The 35 men, aged between 16 and 56, tested positive for ganja, morphine and syabu.
"They will be investigated under Section 3(1) of the Drug Dependants Act," he added.