LANGKAWI: Police arrested five drug pushers and seized more than one kilogramme of heroin and cannabis worth about RM20,000 in two separates raids held on the island.
Langkawi district police chief Superintendent Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim said the two raids were carried out by the district police Narcotic Investigation Department.
“The first raid was carried out at Kampung Padang Kandang two days ago while the second raid at Kampung Kuala Teriang early this morning.
“From both raids, we seized more than one kilogramme of heroin and cannabis and arrested five individuals believed to be pushers,” he told reporters in a press conference here today.
He said 435 grams of heroin was seized in the first raid at a house in Padang Kandang where police also arrested two men aged 23 and 40.
“During the first raid we also recovered RM10,200 in cash and seized a motorcycle believed to have been purchased with money from drug sale,” he said.
He said in the second raid held at 2.30am today, the team seized 17.3 grams of heroin and about 588 grams of cannabis
“We arrested two women and a man and recovered RM3,250 from the second location at Kuala Teriang.
“The overall street value of the seized substances is about RM20,000 and we believe that it is to be distributed to some 500 addicts on the island.
Mohd Iqbal said all the suspects have been detained to facilitate investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 that carries the mandatory death penalty.
He added, the two cases indicated a decline in the amount of drug seized on the island since a year ago and a change in trafficking tactic.
“This achievement is also contributed by the Jihad Perangi Dadah programme which was launched three years ago and public cooperation in channeling information to the police,” he said.