Local man caught with over BND1M drug haul

Hakim Hayat

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) with assistance from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) nabbed a 35-year-old local man for an alleged attempt to smuggle five kilogrammes of Class A drugs.

It is believed the drugs carry a street value of more than BND1,000,000, which carries the death penalty if found guilty.

According to an NCB press release, the suspect was arrested at the Kampong Bebuloh Control Post after a search on his vehicle and home uncovered plastic bags inside tea packages containing crystallised substances, believed to be syabu.

A car, BND7,500, and several mobile phones were also seized from the suspect during
the search.

The NCB said the case is still being investigated under Chapter 27 of Section 3A of the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) for the possession of over 100 grammes of Class A drugs for distribution that carries the death penalty, Chapter 27 of Section 6(b) of the MDA for the consumption of controlled drugs and Section 3 of the Criminal Asset Recovery Order, 2012 for money laundering.

The NCB reiterated that they are always on the alert on smuggling methods of illegal drugs concealed in packages and warned that drug dealing networks in the country and those associated with them will continue to be tracked down.

The seized items believed to be Class A drugs found concealed in packages of tea. PHOTO: NCB