JOHOR BARU: A 39-year-old jobless man has been charged at the Magistrate’s Court here with trafficking and possessing drugs.
The accused, Er Teng Ping, 39, said that he understood the charges when they were read in front of magistrate Hidayatul Syuhada Shamsudin.
However, no plea was recorded from the accused.
According to the charge sheet, Er had trafficked 36.9kg of Erimin 5 pills and 865g of ecstasy pills in a vehicle at Jalan Indah 7/9, Taman Bukit Indah at about 4.15pm on March 21.
He was also accused of trafficking 4.204kg of ecstasy powder and 489g of cannabis at a house in Jalan Indah 7/9 at about 3.20pm on the same day.
He was charged under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for the offences, which is punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act.
If convicted, he could face a death penalty or life imprisonment with a minimum of 15 whippings.
Er was also charged with two counts of possessing ketamine, weighing 850g and 53g respectively.
He was said to have committed the offences at Jalan Indah 7/9, Taman Bukit Indah on the same day.
For the possession of drugs, he was charged under Section 12(2) of the same Act, which is punishable under Section 12(3), where he could face a maximum of RM100,000 fine or a jail sentence of up to five years, or both if convicted.
The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Sharifah Natasha Syed, while the accused was not represented.
The court had May 15 for the next mention and for the chemist's report to be presented.