KUANTAN: A 41-year-old drug dealer had thought it was business as usual as he drove down from Kuala Lumpur to Maran on April 28 to deliver a consignment of drugs to potential customers.
However, little did the man realise that the police were already hot on his tracks and had laid a trap for him when he arrived at the Chenor toll plaza about 2pm.
The man, who was alone in the vehicle, promptly surrendered. Checks led police to the discovery of a bag containing 3.75kg of heroin, syabu weighing 0.5kg and 500 Eramine 5 pills kept at the rear passenger seat.
State police chief Datuk Rosli Ab Rahman said the suspect, who tested positive for amphetamine, has traveled to Maran regularly to supply drugs which he had brought from Kuala Lumpur.
He said the drugs, worth around RM149,000, were meant for distribution at Felda settlements and villages in the vicinity. Rosli did not rule out the possibility that there could be regular customers waiting for the supply.
“The suspect is no stranger to the area and had been doing similar trips on several occasions. We are trying to track down the network or syndicate behind the activities, including the potential customers,” he said, adding that the man has is being remanded until May 4 at the Maran district police station.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, police busted two men with a sizeable stash of drugs after stopping them in a vehicle along Lorong Bukit Setongkol on April 30.
He said the police team recovered 4.5kg of heroin and syabu weighing 1.2kg, worth RM197,000, inside the vehicle which had been brought in from Muar, Johor.
“One of the men is a hardcore addict who had been involved in the business for more than eight years. He had 13 offences on his rap sheet, including eight for drug-related cases,” he said.
Both men tested positive for amphetamine and have been remanded until May 7 at the district police station.