A father-son duo with five local men were arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) enforcement personnel on May 19 at a residence in RPN Kampong Meragang for allegedly involved in illegal drug trafficking activities.
The seven suspects are aged between 21 to 52. Seizures during the arrest were several plastic packages and straws containing crystalised substances believed to be Methylamphetamine or Syabu, a Class A controlled drug weighing over 12 grammes with an estimated value of more than BND2,000, according to a statement from the NCB.
Meanwhile several utensils used for drug consumption and local money of over BND1,000 believed to be proceeds from drug activities were also found.
The case is investigated under several sections of the Misuse of Drugs Acts (MDA).
Two suspects are investigated under Section 3(a) 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 which carries a death penalty.
Meanwhile, another two are 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.
Under Section 6(b) of MDA, Chapter 27 for the consumption of controlled drugs suspects face a penalty of imprisonment of up to 10 years or a fine of BND20,000 or both.
One suspect is being investigated under Section 7 of MDA, Chapter 27 for or 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.
The NCB reminded the public that drug offences are regarded as serious crimes and any involvements in any form of drug activities may carry capital punishment under the MDA, Chapter 27.
The enforcement agency added that children are foundation and hope for the future generation of the country, therefore parents are urged to set good examples for their children and equip them with religious knowledge to prevent them from engaging in immoral activities such as drug abuse.
The NCB urged the public to cooperate in combating illegal drug activities in the country.
Information on drug abuse activities can be relayed to 2448877 (office hours), hotline 8777444 (after working hours) or email to [email protected]