ALOR STAR: Police seized RM1.58 million worth of cannabis in the biggest drug haul made in Kedah this year and detained four men believed to have been hired to transport the substance.
The seizure was made in a joint operation made by the Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotic Group (STING) and the Kedah Narcotic Criminal Investigation Department between 6.20am and 7.40am yesterday.
Federal police Narcotic Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said the drugs, in 533 slabs and weighing a total of 527.9kg were found inside a Toyota Alphard driven by a 33-year-old man from Kuala Lumpur.
“The team flagged down the multi-purpose vehicle at a traffic light in Kuala Kedah and found the drugs hidden inside the car.
“A follow up arrest was made at a jetty in Kuala Kedah where we arrested three men in their 20s’,” he said in a press conference here today.
Also present were Federal police ‘s Narcotic Department (Intelligence/Operation) deputy director Datuk Kang Chez Chiang and Kedah Narcotic Investigation Department chief Helmi Aris.
According to Mohmad, the 33-year-old man was hired to transport the drugs from Kuala Kedah to the capital city while the three men were hired to transfer the drugs from a boat and into the car.
He added initial investigations showed that the driver was paid RM3,000 for the trip.
Mohmad said the drugs were believed to have just arrived into the country on a boat the same morning before it was transferred into the car.
“The three men detained at the jetty were tested positive for cannabis, methamphetamine and ampethamine while the driver’s urine test for drug came out negative,” he said.
He said the men have been remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and they stand to face the mandatory death penalty if found guilty.
Police believed the drugs were for the local market.
Mohmad said police also believed that the men were part of a syndicate and police were probing further to identify the gang members.