GEORGE TOWN: A labourer has been detained after police found three marijuana plants at his house in Pulau Tikus on Wednesday (March 31).
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said the suspect, in his 20s, was held during an operation conducted by the district Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) at 12.10pm.
"During the raid, police found three marijuana plants in a vase and kept in a toilet of the house," he told a press conference at George Town police headquarters.
ACP Soffian said police also found various types of drugs, believed to belong to the suspect, on a dining table.
He said the plants, measuring 48cm, 39cm and 46cm in height, were worth RM7,360 in total.
Among the drugs seized from the suspect were 28.5g of heroin worth RM990,30.38g of syabu worth RM3,030, and 13.63g of ganja worth RM680.
He added that the confiscated drugs could be supplied to 320 addicts.
ACP Soffian said a motorcycle worth RM2,900 was also seized during the operation.
He said the suspect tested positive for methamphetamine and THC.
"The suspect has been charged at George Town court under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952," he added.
In a separate case, ACP Soffian said four men and a woman were detained in connection with cable theft activities.
He said acting on information, police raided three locations in George Town during an operation conducted by the district CID team that began at about 10pm on March 23.
"During the raid, we nabbed three men and found various type of wires, cables and equipment used to steal the cables," he said.
He said following the arrest, police detained a 40-year-old woman who works at a recycling shop and is believed to have bought stolen materials from the group.
ACP Soffian said police detained another man, believed to be connected with the group, in George Town at about 2pm on March 25.
He said the group, known as “Grup Copper”, has been active since last year and has admitted to be involved in at least four cases of cable theft.
"We are still checking to see if there are other members of the group still at large," he said.
He said all the suspects, aged between 30 and 50, have been remanded until April 2.
The case will be investigated under Section 379 and Section 457 of the Penal Code.