Two arrested for drug activities

Daniel Lim & James Kon

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officers arrested a 48-year-old local man believed to be involved in drug activities during a raid at Kampong Tanjong Nangka last week.

The man was believed to have provided ‘drug courier’ services to smuggle drugs through the Sungai Tujoh Control Post in the Belait District.

Several plastic packages containing crystallised substances believed to be methylamphetamine or syabu, a Class A controlled drug, wrapped in tea packets with an estimated value of more than BND900,000 were seized.

Cash amounting to BND6,000, four vehicles ranging from sedans to off-road 4WD, as well as a smartphone believed to be proceeds from drug trafficking activities were also confiscated.

A 34-year-old foreigner who acted as a runner was also detained with help from the Royal Customs and Excise Department. His vehicle and a smartphone believed to be used for the drug smuggling activities were seized.

The suspects are being investigated under Section 3A of the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA), Chapter 27 for the possession for the purpose of trafficking Class A controlled drug; Section 6(b) of the MDA, Chapter 27 for the consumption of controlled drugs; and Section 10 of the MDA, Chapter 27 for abetment and attempts of abetment of offences under the MDA, Chapter 27.

Some of the evidence collected during the raid. PHOTO: NCB
Crystallised substances believed to be syabu found during the inspection. PHOTO: RBPF
ABOVE & BELOW: Cash and a smartphone seized during the raid. PHOTOS: NCB

Section 3 of the Criminal Asset Recovery Order 2012 was also enacted for the offence relating to money laundering.

Meanwhile, a package suspected of containing drugs was found during a vehicle inspection by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) personnel at Bebuloh Police Control Post yesterday.

Police found a suspicious package underneath the floor mat of the car containing crystal-like substances believed to be syabu.

The driver, a 35-year-old local man, was detained by police while the case was handed over to the NCB.

The RBPF urged the public to share information on criminal activities by contacting 993 or visit a nearby police station.

The NCB, meanwhile, reminded the public, especially forwarding companies, that bringing in prohibited goods is a serious criminal offence.

The NCB also urged the public to cooperate in combatting illegal drug activities in Brunei Darussalam.

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