Police arrest two armed drug dealer suspects

Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd (far right) with the seized revolvers and drugs at the Johor police contingent headquarters in Johor Baru, February 14, 2018. — Picture by Ben Tan

JOHOR BARU, Feb 14 — Two suspected drug dealers, who were armed with guns, were arrested during a raid by police at a house in Jalan Bukit Kontang in Tangkak yesterday.

The two men, aged 40 and 67, were arrested after a police team from the Johor Narcotics Criminal Investigations Department (NCID) had raided the house at 10.30am based on intelligence.

Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the raiding team seized more than RM41,000 worth of various drugs and also two Smith & Wesson .38 calibre revolvers with 12 .38 SPL PMC ammunition.

“In addition to the seized drugs such as syabu, heroin, ketamine, ecstasy pills, Erimin 5 pills and ecstasy powder, the raiding team also seized a Toyota Vios car and RM10,000 in cash,” he said during a media conference at the Johor police contingent headquarters today.

Mohd Khalil said the two revolvers will be sent for a ballistics test to determine if they were previously used in any crime nationwide.

“We are also checking the background of the two male suspects as the younger one tested positive for methamphetamine (syabu) abuse and had previous records in connection with crime and drugs.

“The other suspect was clear of any drug abuse and had no previous criminal records,” he said, adding police believed that they may be linked to bigger drug-running syndicates.

Both suspects have been remanded to assist police in investigations for seven days until February 20.

Police are investigating the case under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, Sections 8 and 8(a) of the Firearms Act 1960 and Section 7(2) of the Firearms Act (Increased Penalties) 1971.

Khalil said the state police were serious in combating the drug menace in the state by curbing their sale and also abuse by addicts.

“This year alone, up to February 13, saw Johor’s NCID arresting a total of 2,010 suspects for various drug offences.

“Police also seized a total of 76.65kg of illicit drugs worth RM5.29 million with RM2.55 million in properties and cash confiscated during the same period,” he said.