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Published on: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Labuan: Two Filipinos were nabbed for trafficking 501gm of methamphetamine worth an estimated RM77,000 at street value.

The suspects, believed to be from Kota Kinabalu, were about to deliver a parcel of drugs when they were arrested by police in front of the ferry terminal, Saturday evening.

The men were allegedly caught with 501.22gm of methamphetamine packed in 10 plastic packets and starched in a black plastic bag.

According to Labuan police chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad, the duo, a Malaysian permanent resident and IMM13 holder, aged 40 and 60 year, respectively were nabbed soon after disembarking from the ferry at about 7.30pm from Menumbok.

"This is the biggest haul so far this year by our Narcotic Criminal Investigation Department and we will continue our operations against drug abuse and peddling here," he said, Monday.


He said the police would strictly monitor the entry points into the island.

"The suspects are being remanded for seven days and are to be charged under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the death sentence or life imprisonment, upon conviction," he said.

Farid cited that the increase in anti-drugs operations saw an increase of 53.6 per cent drug cases or 552 cases so far this year (Jan-Sept), compared to 256 cases during the same period of last year.

"Arrests related to drugs (Jan-Sept) also surged by 52.6 per cent or 570 arrests compared to 270 arrests last year," Farid said.


The number of arrests under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985 also increased to four cases compared to none last year.

Meanwhile, the arrest under Section 39C of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 increased by 75 per cent. - Iffah Dilaney

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