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Police thwarts attempt to smuggle in RM500k-worth syabu

worth half-a-million ringgit into the state via airport, two days ago.
Acting on intelligence, anti-narcotics police team was dispatched to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport and arrested two Sabahans, believed to be part of a syndicate, at the arrival hall at 10.15am.
The suspects had with them two bags containing seven plastic packs of syabu when they arrived from Senai International Airport in Johor Baru.
Sabah police commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said following the arrest, police nabbed another Sabahan and a Filipino here within three hours.
“This is the second largest seizure this year. All men are aged between 27 and 39, while one of them was tested positive for drugs.
“We believe they are part of a drug syndicate and we will look for remaining members,” Ramli told reporters in a Press conference today.
In January, police arrested six people and confiscated 10.3 kg of syabu worth RM1.6 million in two separate raids here and in Tawau.
Ramli said the latest case would be investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death penalty by hanging if convicted.
He said the Sabah anti-narcotics team had been aggressive in efforts to combat drug abuse and trafficking.
Citing statistics between January and Aug 14, he said Sabah police had recorded 92 cases with 166 arrests this year, compared to 50 cases with 84 arrests last year under Section 39B.
As for investigations under Section 39A which carries life imprisonment or not more than five years jail, police recorded 515 cases with 714 arrests, compared and 284 cases with 408 arrests the previous year.
“We have also arrested 129 ex-convicts this year compared to 86 last year for drug abuse.
“Most of them had been arrested three times under Section 39C, which carries jail up to seven years and not more than three strokes of rotan.”
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