The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) recently detained a foreigner for transporting illegal drugs into the country through the Sungai Tujoh Control Post.
The NCB gave details of the foiled drug smuggling attempt in a press statement yesterday, stating, “On April 14, 2020, the Narcotics Control Bureau arrested a foreign citizen, following an investigation into a consignment that was detained and seized by the Royal Customs and Excise Department at the Sungai Tujoh Control Post, from a vehicle belonging to a local forwarding agency.”
During the search, Customs officers seized packages containing 100 pills believed to be ecstasy valued at BND17,500 and 155.4 grammes of crystalline substances believed to be ketamine worth BND7,770, along with cash in several currencies amounting to BND14,570, SGD3,320, RM1,480 and PHP20.
The consignment is believed to be an attempt in smuggling controlled drugs into Brunei Darussalam using a forwarding agency, in the midst of the travel restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The case is being investigated under Section 5 of Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA), Chapter 27 for the importation of a controlled drug, which carries the penalty of 30 years’ imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane.
Importation of more than 50 grammes of a Class A controlled drug carries the death penalty, while the possession of controlled drugs under Section 6(a) of MDA, Chapter 27 carries the penalty of imprisonment of up to 10 years or a fine of BND20,000 or both.
“The public, especially forwarding agencies, is reminded not to accept any consignment whose contents are unknown or suspicious. Law enforcement agencies will continue to ensure strict border controls to safeguard the stability and security of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the NCB in its statement.
To report suspicious activities linked to drug abuse activities contact the NCB at 2448877 (office hours), or 8777444 (after working hours), or email [email protected]