16 locals arrested for drug activities

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested 15 local men and one female aged 15-54 during four raids conducted simultaneously at a known spot active in illegal drug activities in Kampong Wasan recently.

During the raids, NCB officers seized several plastic packages containing crystalised substances believed to be methylamphetamine or syabu, a Class A controlled drug weighing more than seven grammes with an estimated value of more than BND1,000.

Several utensils used for drug consumption, plastic packets, digital weighing scale, mobile phones, and cash amounting to more than BND18,000 and several foreign currencies believed to be proceeds from drug activities were also seized, a press release stated.

Investigations are ongoing under various sections of the Misuse of Drugs Acts (MDA).

Five suspects are being investigated under Section 3A of MDA, Chapter 27 for the possession for the purpose of trafficking of a controlled drug that carries a minimum penalty of five years of imprisonment and five strokes and maximum penalty of 20 years of imprisonment and 15 strokes and possession for the purpose of trafficking more than 100 grammes of a Class A controlled drug carries the death penalty.

Three are being investigated under Section 6(a) of MDA, Chapter 27 for the possession of controlled drugs that carries a penalty of imprisonment of up to 10 years or a fine of BND20,000 or both, and two under Section 7 of MDA, Chapter 27 for possession of utensils used for drug consumption that carries a penalty of up to three years imprisonment or a fine of BND10,000 or both, while one under Section 10 of MDA, Chapter 27 for abetments and attempts punishable as offences.

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

NCB reminded the public that any person who abets the commission of or who attempts to commit any offence against the Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 27, shall be guilty of such offence and shall be liable on conviction to the punishment provided for such offence.

Members of the public can contact the NCB for any suspicious drug activities at 2448877, 8777444 or email to [email protected]

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show the seized drugs. PHOTOS: NCB

Cash amounting to more than BND18,000 seized during the raids