Blacksmith nabbed with handmade rifles and drugs

IPOH: A 39-year-old blacksmith who owned handmade rifles and a fake gun has been nabbed.

“He had an interest in weapons and learned how to assemble them after watching online videos for a month,” said Perak police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri.

The man, who was arrested at a house in Taman Mewah Jaya, Sitiawan on Sept 26, was found with three handmade rifles, a fake gun, a modified gas cylinder, a pair of handcuffs, two keys and 0.634kg of methamphetamine.

“He tested positive for drugs and also has a record involving drug abuse,” he said here yesterday.

Separately, Comm Mohd Yusri said police arrested a 22-year-old unemployed man with more than four kilos of heroin at Terminal Amanjaya bus station here on Sept 26.

“He was from Penang heading to Ipoh. The drugs were packed in 10 plastic bags and were found inside his backpack.

“We estimated the drugs to be valued at RM158,730 and can be used by about 15,000 drug addicts.

“Our investigation revealed that the drugs are for the local market,” he said, adding that the man, who has a record involving drugs, tested negative for drugs and had been remanded for seven days until Oct 3.

Comm Mohd Yusri said the arrests were part of a three-day drug operation conducted in Perak from Sept 26 to Sept 28 and targeted Felda, private estates, Housing for the Hardcore Poor (PPRT) areas and fishing jetties, among others.

“We arrested 390 men and 18 women aged between 16 and 63 for various offences,” he said.

Among those nabbed were four underage boys aged between 16 and 18. “Two of them are school dropouts aged 16 and 17, while the remaining two are unemployed 18-year-olds.”

During the operation, he said police seized more than 5kg of heroin, 29.9kg of ketum leaves, 117.45 litres of ketum water, 0.13kg of methamphetamine, Ermin 5 and yaba pills, and more.

“The value of the drugs we seized was estimated at RM194,091.

“We also confiscated two cars, four motorcycles, and cash totalling more than RM64,000,” he added.

On another case, Comm Mohd Yusri said police were waiting for DNA results on the skeletal remains found under the rubble of a quarry rockfall in Keramat Pulai.

On March 8, two men were buried under the rubble after a landslide. Skeletal remains were found after six months of search and rescue operations.

“We were informed that the hospital had contacted the siblings of one of the two victims for DNA samples,” he said.

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