‘Family drug business’ busted in operation

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officers apprehended five local suspects related to drug-trafficking activities on June 30. The arrest was made at a carpark of a government flat in Kampong Sinarubai involving two separate vehicles. The suspects comprised three males and two females aged between 25 to 39, four of which were married couples.

The items seized included several plastic packages containing small and large pieces of crystallised substances believed to be methylamphetamine or syabu, a Class A controlled drug weighing more than 1.2 kilogrammes with a market value of more than BND200,000.

Also found were a digital scale, scissors, empty straw and plastic packets, mobile phones believed to be used for drug activities, over BND8,000, jewellery and cars believed to be proceeds from
drug activities.

Investigations are continuing under various sections of Misuse of Drugs Acts (MDA) – all suspects 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; all suspects under Section 3 Criminal Asset Recovery Order 2012 for the offence of money laundering that carries a fine not exceeding BND500,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or both; all suspects 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; one suspect under Section 9 of MDA, Chapter 27 for allowing the premise to be used for consumption or unlawful trafficking of controlled drugs that carries a minimum penalty of two years of imprisonment or a fine of BND4,000 and maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment or a fine of BND40,000 or both; and four suspects under Section 10 of MDA, Chapter 27 for abetments and attempts punishable as offences.

Those with information related to drugs may contact NCB at 2448877 during office hours, hotline 8777444 after working hours or email [email protected]

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show items seized and Narcotics Control Bureau personnel during the operation. PHOTO: NCB