Thai drug suspect nabbed in Langkawi, pistol seized

national November 14, 2017 13:44

By The Star
Asia News Network

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Police arrested a Thai man at a petrol station here early Tuesday and seized an assortment of drugs as well as a gun and five rounds of ammunition.

The 35-year-old man was refuelling his car at the station when several policemen from the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department apprehended him at 12.01am, said Langkawi District Police chief ACP Dr Che Ghazali Che Awang.

He said the policemen seized 212g of heroin, 87g of syabu and 51g of ketamine as well as a Browning pistol and the ammunition.

“The man turned aggressive and tried to run away but he was overpowered by the policemen. The firearm was found in a clutch bag,” he said at a press conference here.


ACP Che Ghazali. -Bernama filepic

ACP Che Ghazali said the man was suspected to be a drug trafficker and that he would be investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act which provides for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

“As for possession of the firearm, he would be investigated under Section 8 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act which provides for a maximum of 14 years imprisonment and six strokes of the cane upon conviction,” he said.

A preliminary investigation indicated that the drugs, which totalled RM25,000 in value, were for distribution in Langkawi, he said, adding that the police would try to unearth the distribution network.

“This is the first case in Langkawi where a suspected armed drug trafficker has been arrested,” he said.

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