Cop spots housewife passing tobacco to man accused of drug trafficking

BALIK PULAU - A housewife has been arrested for passing rolled tobacco believed to contain heroin to her son at a magistrate's courtroom here.

The 56-year-old woman's son is facing a drug trafficking charge and she was spotted by a court policeman handing over the rolled tobacco to her 35-year-old son while he was being led away from the dock to the court lock-up.

Balik Pulau deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Siti Nor Salawati Saad said the policeman also saw the son passing on the rolled tobacco to his 57-year-old co-accused. The two are jointly charged with drug trafficking under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

DSP Siti Nor Salawati said they seized four compressed pieces weighing 9.4gm of what is believed to be heroin from one of the accused to whom the woman's son had passed the package.

"A police escort saw the female suspect giving a black coloured plastic package to her 35-year-old son who then passed it to the other accused, believed to be his friend.

"The police then conducted checks on the 57-year-old man and found the package," she said at a press conference at the southwest district police headquarters in Balik Pulau yesterday.

The woman, who allegedly committed the offence around 11.15am at the court on Thursday, is believed to have approached the accused from behind.

"She then handed the package to him while he was being led away from the dock to the lock-up inside the courtroom," said DSP Siti Nor Salawati.

The son had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of drugs and was sentenced to nine months in jail.

Police have yet to determine how the woman got the drugs.

The woman is now under remand until April 24 to facilitate investigations.