Addict abandons child for a fix

Some of the detained suspects after a police raid at a plantation in Sungai Udang, Malacca.

MALACCA - Police arrested a drug addict who risked the safety of his four-year-old daughter for the lure of a fix.

The man, in his 30s, abandoned his daughter in his Perodua Alza, and walked into an oil palm plantation to buy heroin.

However, he stumbled onto a team of anti-narcotics police officers who were in the midst of conducting a raid. The addict tried to run away but was nabbed before he could get far.

His daughter was taken to the Sungai Udang police station where her mother took her home.

Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Salehhudin Abd Rahman said during the 12-hour Ops Tapis on Saturday, police picked up 34 men, aged between 26 and 62, from the plantation located behind the Sungai Udang jail complex.

"Seven of them are civil servants and all are suspected of using heroin," he said yesterday.

ACP Salehhudin said another man in his 20s, believed to be a drug pusher, was also detained for possessing four straws of heroine.

He said the pusher was being investigated under Section 12 (2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for possession while the others were being probed under Section 3 (1) of the Drug Dependants (Treatment and Rehabilitation) Act 1983 for drug abuse.

All suspects were brought back to the Melaka Tengah district police headquarters.