A Malaysian man was sentenced by the Intermediate Court on Thursday to 20 years’ jail and 15 strokes of the cane for trafficking and consuming methylamphetamine, as well as misleading the authorities on his identity.
Markus Mohamad Yunos initially pleaded guilty in 2020, to possessing the drug for trafficking and consumption, but denied that he misled Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officers by representing himself as his brother.
On the first day of trial last week, Markus pled guilty to the charge.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhd Qamarul Affyian bin Abdul Rahman informed court that at 11.43pm on April 23, 2019, NCB officers raided a house on Jalan Lubok Palam in Kuala Belait and detained four suspects, including the defendant.
While no drugs were found on the defendant during a body search, crystalline substances and packaging equipment were discovered in the same living room.
The substances were found to contain 40.13 grammes of methylamphetamine.
The equipment was confirmed to be used for trafficking purposes, and the defendant’s urine sample tested positive for the drug. During the raid, the defendant misled the officers by representing himself as his brother.
Judge Muhammed Faisal bin Pehin Datu Juragan Laila Diraja Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Kefli presided over the case.