Cops nab middle-aged couple for gun, drugs possession in Penang

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 02 Mar 2023

GEORGE TOWN: A married couple in their 40's have been arrested for possession of a revolver and drugs.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said the unemployed couple were in possession of RM30,900 worth of syabu and heroin as well as a revolver and five bullets at a house in Gelugor.

"Based on a tip-off on February 23, the north-east district Narcotics Crime Investigation Department at 11.45pm caught the man with two packets of syabu worth RM5,100.

"He then led us to a house nearby, where another nine packets of syabu were discovered amounting to RM9,700.

"There was another plastic container which contained 460g of heroin worth RM16,100.

"Upon further inspection, we found a revolver and bullets," he said during a press conference held at the state police contingent headquarters on Thursday (March 2).

ACP Soffian said the male suspect, who had a criminal record, tested positive for drugs.

"The woman has no prior criminal record and tested negative for drugs.

The couple has been under remand from Feb 24 to Thursday (March 2) for further investigations.

"From Investigation we know that they have been actively running this syndicate since mid-last year (2022).

"The drugs were used for local distribution in Penang.

"The drugs found if distributed could be consumed by 3,040 people or that many times," he said.

He said they were currently checking to see if the gun has been used in any other criminal cases.

ACP Soffian said the case was being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and Section 8 of the Firearms Act 1960.

On a separate case, ACP Soffian said a 33-year-old man has been arrested for possession of 5.26kgs of ganja worth RM13,160.

"We found the drugs when checking the man's car at a parking lot in George Town at around 9.50pm on Feb 24.

"There were five plastic packets with dried ganja leaves.

"The man tested positive for methamphetamine and has a prior drug-related charge.

"Although there is no connection between the cases, his syndicate has been active since mid-last year (2022) as well.

"The drugs were meant to be distributed locally in Penang and could be consumed by 10,528 people or that many times," he said.

ACP Soffian said the man who runs an online business selling electrical goods was remanded from Feb 25 to Thursday (March 2).

"We have confiscated cash amounting to RM1,255 as well as a car worth RM15,000 from this raid.

"He is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952," he said.

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Drugs , Police , Bust , Penang , Gelugor


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