Couple arrested for alleged drug activities

James Kon

A husband and a wife allegedly involved in drug activities were arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) personnel at a parking lot near a fast food restaurant in Gadong on July 21.

The suspects, permanent residents aged 40 and 35 have previous convictions under the Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 27.

Several plastic packages containing crystallised substances believed to be Ketamine, a Class B controlled drug weighing over 20 grammes with an estimated value of more than BND1,200 were seized, an NCB release stated.

Utensils used for drug consumption, a digital weighing scale, mobile phones believed to be used for drug trafficking and over BND17,000 believed to be proceeds from drug activities were also found. Drugs seized are believed to be for the local market.

The case is under investigation under various sections of the Misuse of Drugs Acts (MDA).

Seized items from the suspects. PHOTO: NCB

One suspect is being investigated under Section 3A of MDA, Chapter 27 for the possession for trafficking of a controlled drug. This carries a minimum penalty of three years of imprisonment and three strokes and a maximum penalty of 20 years of imprisonment and 15 strokes.

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

One suspect is being investigated under Section 7 of MDA, Chapter 27 for the possession of utensils used for drug consumption. This carries a penalty of up to three years’ imprisonment or a fine of BND10,000 or both.

One suspect is being investigated under Section 3 of the Criminal Asset Recovery Order, 2012 for money laundering offences.

NCB reminded the public that money laundering from proceeds of drug trafficking is an offence under the Criminal Assets Recovery Order, 2012.

Information on drug abuse activities can be relayed to 2448877, hotline 8777444 (after working hours) or email to [email protected]