PENANG, 20 May 2009: Penang police made their biggest drug bust of the year by seizing 227kg of ganja worth RM900,000 during a raid on a car warehouse in Bagan Dalam, Butterworth, yesterday.
Penang police chief Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakob said, acting on a tip-off, a team from Penang, Kedah and the Bukit Aman Narcotics units raided a warehouse in Bagan Dalam about 12pm on Tuesday and seized the ganja, stashed in sacks, while five men aged 25 to 35 years-old, who tried to escape, were also nabbed.
“During the raid police found 10 jute sacks containing the ganja, placed in rear seats and car boots of cars driven by three men, weighing about 227kg,” he told reporters here today.
He added that two other men arrested are believed to be the accomplices of the three suspects.
Ayub said the ganja, with an estimated street value of RM900,000 and believed to have been brought in from a neighbouring country, was meant for distribution in the Klang Valley.
“Apart from ganja, police also seized two cars and RM15,000 cash from the suspects,” he said.
The case was being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the death penalty upon conviction.
Meanwhile, Ayub said through a nationwide operation “Ops Sepadu” which began on May 10, aimed at combating the drug menace, 750 individuals were arrested for their involvement in drug related cases.
He said among drugs seized over the past 10 days of the operation were heroin, ganja, syabu, ketamine, eramin 5, Psychotropic pills, ecstasy pills and WY pills. — Bernama