GEORGE TOWN: An entertainment manager was acquitted by the High Court yesterday of five drug charges, including three for trafficking.
Judicial commissioner Mohd Amin Firdaus Abdullah, in acquitting Chiew Poh Boon, 36, without calling for his defence, ruled that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against Chiew.
Chiew was charged with three counts of trafficking in 208.4g and 121.2g of monoacetylmorphine and heroin, as well as 79.5g of morphine.
He was also charged with being in possession of 27.9g of codeine and 1.8g of monoacetylmorphine and heroin, respectively.
All the offences were allegedly committed at a flat at Taman Kilangin, Jalan Sungai, about 3pm on Nov 25, 2008.
Amin, in his decision, said one of the prosecution witnesses, a tenant named Yeoh Mei Chen, had said that even when the accused was not there, a lot of people entered the rooms where the drugs were found.
Ranjit Singh Dhillon appeared for Chiew, while deputy public prosecutor Amir Hamdzah Othman prosecuted.