ALOR SETAR - A police drug bust revealed that traffickers are now packing cannabis in smaller slabs for easier distribution.
The drug is usually packed in 1kg compressed slabs by their traffickers but police found them in 500g slabs during a raid in Sungai Petani.
Twenty such slabs were recovered from the boot of a car in a police ambush along a road in Taman Sejati at about 12.30am on Wednesday.
Kedah Narcotics Crime Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Abd Razak Md Zin said it was the first time police found the drug in 500gm slabs.
"We believe that they are now packed in smaller amounts to make it easier for distribution," he told reporters at the Kedah police headquarters here yesterday.
ACP Abdul Razak said police also found a packet of drugs believed to be syabu weighing 214gm in the car.
He said the driver of the car, who is a jobless man from Penang, was arrested and currently under remand until July 21.
"We suspect that the drugs he was carrying was for the northern region market. We are investigating if he is part of a syndicate," ACP Abdul Razak said, adding that the suspect had a criminal record for three drug-related offences and his urine tested positive for drugs.
The seized drugs were worth RM44,000 (S$16,000).