Selling drugs in the open

Selling drugs in the open
'Rock salt' lookalike: ACP Md Tahir and Insp Mohana Sundaram showing bags of syabu confiscated from the drug dealers.

SHAH ALAM - Drug dealers are becoming more brazen, selling large amounts of syabu right under the noses of the authorities and concealing them in just plastic bags.

For the second time in a week, police arrested drug dealers opera­ting in the open.

Two Nigerian dealers were arrested on Sept 23 while selling drugs openly at a hypermarket in Bukit Puchong.

One was handling the transactions while the other held a white plastic bag.

Inside it was more than 3kg of methamphetamine (syabu).

Selangor narcotics criminal investigating department chief ACP Md Tahir Kassim said the police, acting on information from the public, arrested the men at about 4pm.

"When they saw us, the two Nigerians ran."

"There was a scuffle between them and the officers, who later successfully arrested the two, aged 20 and 33."

"Both entered the country on the pretext of being college students."

"They've been here for about a year," ACP Md Tahir said.

He said the suspects were dealing openly in a very public area and made no effort to conceal the syabu, worth RM365,000, which were bundled up into five smaller plastic bags.

For the unsuspecting, it would seem from afar that the two were only carrying a bag of rock salts.

The two men now face the death penalty if found guilty under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

They are being remanded until Sept 30 for investigations.

In was the second case in a week after Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar reported of a similar drug bust in Cyberjaya, where an Iranian man was caught in a commercial centre carrying around 2kg of syabu inside a shopping bag.

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