Door-to-door drug delivery

PHOTO: The Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR - Drug pushers now deliver directly to the doorstep of their clients.

Police are noting a trend of "freelance" drug distributors who work alone and carry small amounts of heroin and sell them door to door in housing areas and flats in the city.

Wangsa Maju deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Asmadi Abdul Aziz said the district's narcotics department arrested two men who were believed to be delivering RM1,920 worth of heroin in Section 1 Wangsa Maju and Setapak.

"Both were apprehended after tip-offs from the public. The first suspect was picked up near a garbage disposal store in Section 1 here at about 2.30pm on Tuesday. The 52-year-old was carrying 38g of heroin concealed inside tissue packets.

"The other suspect was arrested at the third floor of the Desa Rejang PPR Flats on Thursday, carrying 18g of heroin stuffed inside his underwear," he told reporters at the Wangsa Maju police headquarters yesterday.

Both suspects tested positive for morphine.

DSP Asmadi noted that the heroin they carried was dyed green, a trend that was popular among customers and is also apparently used to confuse police.

"We view this as a way for pushers to find new markets. If customers don't want to come to them, they are now delivering door to door as if they were delivering pizza. We are concerned as they are now moving into residential areas," he said.

Both suspects have been remanded for six days and are being investigated under Section 39(b) and 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act.