28 more caught in Operation ‘Musang King’

Hakim Hayat

A follow-up of the Operation ‘Musang King’ by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) nabbed 28 more individuals believed to be linked to the family drug syndicate that was busted last month, during raids conducted at nine separate locations in Kampong Ayer in the capital on October 8-9.

According to the NCB, those apprehended comprise 22 males and six females aged between 19 and 54 and two are sons of the main suspects apprehended and charged from a raid that uncovered a massive haul of drugs believed to be syabu or meth on September 10. The spouses of the two sons were also apprehended.

The sons and their spouses, Bruneian citizens, aged between 26 and 35 were apprehended in two different raids at a house in Kampong Saba and Kampong Setia on October 8 while one surrendered to the NCB Headquarters the next day.

NCB added that four other detainees are drug runners of the massive family drug syndicate. The recent raid was one of its largest operations, involving 135 NCB personnel and supported by other security and enforcement agencies.

NCB said that the target was a simultaneous raid focussed on all houses at Kampong Saba, Kampong Setia, Kampong Peramu and Kampong Tamoi in Kampong Ayer.

Crystallised subtances seized during the raid. PHOTOS: NCB
One of the seized boats

They are all believed to be linked to the family drug syndicate, NCB added.

Following the raid and inspection of houses and cars of the suspects, several plastic bags and straws containing crystallised subtances believed to be syabu – a Class ‘A’ Drug, weighing more than two grammes and with an estimated street value of BND500 were seized.

Also seized were a number of appliances and electronic devices such as air conditioners and televisions, mobile phones, jewelleries, two bicycles, seven cars, four boats with its engines and also cash, all believed to be proceeds from drug dealing.

All those apprehended are under investigation under different sections of the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA), Chapter 27 for possessing controlled drugs; consuming controlled drugs; possessing drug paraphernalia for consuming controlled drugs; allowing private premise for the use of drug abuse activity and abetting under the MDA, Chapter 27. They are also being investigated under the Criminal Asset Recovery Order (CARO), 2012, for money laundering.

Following the operation, NCB reminded that they will pursue drug networks in the country, wherever they are. “We will also not compromise with any parties involved in abetting and supporting these illegal activities.”

NCB also extended its appreciation to security and enforcement agencies in the country for their support in executing the operation.