14 detained in drug bust

James Kon

Fourteen people were recently detained on suspicion of drug activities, following a raid by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) at a residence in Kampong Mulaut.

One of the suspects was a 46-year-old woman, while the rest were men aged between 27 and 59, including three foreign citizens.

NCB officers seized several plastic packages and straws containing a crystalised substance believed to be Methylamphetamine or Syabu, a Class A controlled drug weighing more than 24 grammes, with an estimated value of more than BND4,000.

Officers also found several utensils used for drug consumption, plastic packets, a digital weighing scale, mobile phones believed to have been used in the commission of drug activities.

The officers also found alleged drug trafficking proceeds of more than BND800, which included foreign currency. An item resembling a weapon was also seized and handed over to the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) for further investigation.

Investigations are being conducted, under various sections of Misuse of Drugs Acts (MDA).
One of the suspects is being investigated under Section 3A of MDA, Chapter 27, for the possession of a controlled drug for the purpose of trafficking, which carries the minimum penalty of five years’ imprisonment and five strokes of the cane, and the maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane.

Plastic packages and straws containing crystallised substances believed to be Methylamphetamine or Syabu. PHOTOS: NARCOTICS CONTROL BUREAU
ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show an item resembling a weapon seized and handed to Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) for investigation; and cash amounting over BND800 including foreign currency believed to be proceeds from drug trafficking activities.

Under Brunei law, possession of more than 100 grammes of a Class A controlled drug for the purpose of trafficking is an offence which carries death penalty.

Three more suspects are being investigated under Section 6(a) of MDA, Chapter 27, for the possession of controlled drugs that carries the penalty of imprisonment of up to 10 years or a fine of BND20,000 or both.

The suspects are facing investigation under Section 6(b) of MDA, Chapter 27, for the consumption of controlled drugs, which carries the penalty of imprisonment of up to 10 years or a fine of BND20,000 or both.

Five suspects are being investigated under Section 7 of MDA, Chapter 27, for the possession of utensils used for drug consumption, which carries the penalty of up to three years imprisonment or a fine of BND10,000 or both.

The house owner is being investigated under Section 9 of MDA, Chapter 27, for allowing the premises to be used for the consumption or unlawful trafficking of controlled drugs, which carries the minimum penalty of two years’ imprisonment or a fine of BND4,000; and the maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment or a fine of BND40,000, or both.

Public cooperation is crucial in overcoming drug activities in Brunei Darussalam. To report suspicious activities related to drug abuse, contact the NCB at 2448877 (office hours) and 8777444 (after working hours), or email [email protected]