Lahad Datu hero cop caught for drug abuse

By Ben Tan

PETALING JAYA, Nov 25 — A policeman who saw action in Lahad Datu, Sabah, four years ago and was later made a national hero has been arrested for suspected drug abuse.

The 42-year-old sergeant, attached to the elite VAT 69 commando unit, tested positive for drugs following a urine test by the Ipoh district Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID).

Sources said a team from the Ipoh NCID, acting on information, went to the VAT 69 headquarters at the General Operations Force Northern Brigade camp in Ulu Kinta on Wednesday.

“The suspect’s initial urine test came out positive for methamphetamine (syabu) and amphetamine (ecstasy) abuse.

“The suspect was then arrested. His urine specimen will be submitted for a pathology test at Kuala Lumpur Hospital,” the sources told Malay Mail yesterday.

About four years ago, the suspect, who was then a corporal with the VAT 69 commando unit, was involved in the Lahad Datu insurgency. He saw action in Kampung Tanduo during the height of Ops Daulat and was wounded in a gunfight.

Ops Daulat was an operation by security forces to flush out terrorists from the southern Philippines who intruded into eastern Sabah in February 2013.

It was learnt that the suspect, who has been in the police force for about 20 years, had disciplinary issues and the urine test was ordered at the request of his commanding officer.

Sources said the suspect was then brought to the Ipoh district police headquarters for further investigation.