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17 pushers netted in ‘Sai-Gone’ raid: NCB

Lyna Mohamad

Despite serving time in jail and caned for an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) Chapter 27 and released in 2020, it did not hinder the main suspect, who was caught in a drug operation, returned to engage in a similar illegal activity.

The suspect, a 49-year-old local man was apprehended by the raiding party of law enforcers from the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in Kampong Mumong, Kuala Belait.

The suspect will be prosecuted under Section 3A Chapter 27 of the MDA, an offence for possessing controlled drugs weighing more than 100 grammes (g) for the intention of selling and is liable to death penalty by hanging.

Sixteen other individuals – 10 male and six female – were also rounded up by the NCB on December 19 and December 22.

Codenamed Operasi ‘Sai-Gone’, syabu was confiscated weighing a total of 273.91g, which is estimated to be more than BND50,000 of value and can be consumed by 2,730 drug addicts, and 12.07g of marijuana and BND2,088 and MYR2,744 in cash.

The latest drug haul was a follow-up to the bureau’s drug operations to bust syabu syndicates following ‘Bulls Eye’, ‘Black Widow’, ‘Ice Sibling’ and ‘Pirates’.

Operasi ‘Sai-Gone’ targetted several locations believed to be active in drug trafficking activities – Kampong Mumong and Kampong Panaga, in the Belait District.

NCB reminded the public that the bureau will not hesitate to take action on syndicates or individuals engaging in illegal activities in a bid to protect the well-being and peace of the country.

ABOVE & BELOW: Items seized during the operation. PHOTOS: NCB

A suspect apprehended