KUANTAN - A group of college students who stole, smoked and dealt in drugs were nabbed in a series of raids.
A host of stolen electronic gadgets and packets of ganja worth RM3,000 (S$1,162) were recovered in their rented hideouts, said Kuantan OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Salleh.
Police got their break within 24 hours after the gang broke into a shop at a popular shopping mall here over the weekend.
ACP Abdul Aziz said one of the members, a 20-year-old, was detained outside a college in Semambu at about 11am on Monday.
"Upon questioning, the suspect led us to a house in Indera Mahkota where the stolen items were recovered.
"They included three laptops, three notebooks, six digital cameras and six cellphones," he told a press conference here.
ACP Abdul Aziz said another 19-year-old suspect was arrested in front of a bank in Jalan Besar several hours later.
He added that a stolen cellphone was seized from him and the teenager was also tested positive for ganja.
A follow-up operation on the same day saw five more gang members, including two women aged 19 and 21, were rounded up in a house in Indera Mahkota.
"Upon inspection, packets of ganja weighing 1.69kg were seized," he said.
He ,added that some of the ganja were packed in small packets ready for distribution.
The Star on Tuesday front paged a story describing how marijuana had emerged as the latest "fix" at several colleges and universities, where drug dealers were even doing home delivery services and peer-to-peer distribution system among students.
ACP Abdul Aziz said all three men, two aged 20 and another 22, tested positive for ganja.
He said the five suspects would be investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act, which carries the mandatory death penalty, upon conviction.
Two other gang members would be investigated under Section 457 of the Penal Code for break-in and theft.
All seven suspects have been remanded to assist in investigations.