KOTA KINABALU: A jobless man was caught with suspected syabu worth some RM130,000 by police in Sabah’s east coast Tawau district.
The authorities found over 2kg of the drugs on the 53-year-old suspect during a sting operation at Bandar Sri Indah on Tuesday (Jan 24).
Tawau OCPD Asst Comm Jasmin Hussin said a team comprising personnel from the anti-narcotics unit from the Sabah police headquarters and district police had earlier stopped the man who was travelling in a four-wheel drive vehicle at 6pm.
“Following a check, the team found two transparent packages containing syabu weighing some 2,076.66gm,” he said in a press conference on Friday (Jan 27).
“Based on our initial probe, the drugs were meant to be sold and distributed for the local market here (in Tawau).
“It is believed the syabu would have been able to feed the habit of some 4,000 drug abusers,” he added.
ACP Jasmin said police were in the midst of establishing whether there were drug syndicates involved in the case.
Besides being jobless, the suspect also had seven previous offences related to drugs and other crimes, he added.
“The suspect also tested positive for drugs,” he said, adding that the man has been remanded for seven days for investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Towards this end, he warned the people not to own, distribute or consume illicit drugs and urged the public to provide useful information to the authorities in the fight against the menace.