Condo 'fire' in Malaysia turns out to be smoking pot of drugs boiling over

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BALIK PULAU, Malaysia - Responding to a distress call, officers from the Fire And Rescue Department broke into a condominium in Relau only to find drugs and other paraphernalia inside. Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan said the condominium's management had complained about smoke from the unit at about 9pm on Sunday.

"Believing that there was a fire in the unit firemen rushed in."

"They then alerted us about the find. Among the chemicals that was found in the condominium were 13.3g of processed methamphetamine and 28.17kg of meth oil."

"The smoke was due to the dried up chemicals being boiled on a stove."

"We believe that the suspect had dozed off when the incident happened," Supt Anbalagan told repor­ters at the district police headquarters yesterday.

He said they were in the midst of tracking down the suspect who fled his rented unit.

In an unrelated case, Supt Anbalagan said police were also looking for several suspects involved in a fight under the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge in Batu Maung at about 10pm on Monday.

"All of them were aged between 19 and 26," he said.

"So far, three men have been warded at the Penang Hospital. We believed some 15 to 20 men were involved in the fight over a woman."