Technician facing two death sentences over guns and drugs


GEORGE TOWN: A technician has claimed trial in two separate courts here to trafficking six pistols, five clips of magazines and an assortment of drugs at an apartment in Batu Uban, Gelugor.

A. Prakash, 38, pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to trafficking two Smith & Wesson, one Walther, one Glock, one Mauser-Werke and one Eibar as well as five magazines at the apartment at 3.10pm on May 25.

The charge under Section 7(1) Firearms Act (Increased Penalties) 1971 carries a life imprisonment or death sentence and a minimum of six strokes of the cane, upon conviction.

Judge Mohammad Khalid Ab Karim denied Prakash bail after deputy public prosecutor Puteri Nor Nadia Mohamed Iqbal told the court that the accused had drug-trafficking charges pending in the Magistrate’s Court.

The court fixed July 11 for the case mention pending the ballistics report and other documents.

Prakash, who was represented by lawyer Y. Yogeswaran, was also charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday with trafficking 46.19kg of methamphetamine and 33.76kg of heroin at the same apartment on the same day and time.

He denied the charges under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death sentence, upon conviction.

Magistrate Mohamad Azlan Basri denied bail and fixed Aug 26 for the case mention pending the chemist’s report.

Deputy public prosecutor Syairah Aqilah appeared for the prosecution.

It was reported on May 28 that a drug pipeline that could reach some 2.6 million addicts had been severed with the arrest of a 38-year-old drug syndicate mastermind and the seizure of six guns.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Khaw Kok Chin had said that a narcotics team, acting on a tip-off, flagged down a car in Sungai Ara at 5.30pm on May 25.

The driver subsequently led police to a house nearby, which had been turned into a drug laboratory.

In a follow-up operation, an apartment in Batu Uban was raided and an assortment of drugs were also found there.

Comm Khaw had told a press conference that the total value of the drugs seized was RM4.6mil.

Police also found six pistols, several rounds of ammunition and bullet cartridges concealed in a cupboard in the apartment.

Comm Khaw also said police did not rule out the possibility that the suspect was the leader of the drug syndicate, which had been active since January.

He added that the processed drugs were meant for the local and northern region markets as well as the Klang Valley.

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