Four men arrested in police ambush

KUALA LUMPUR - Four men who are believed to be part of a drug trafficking syndicate have been arrested following an ambush at a budget hotel in Kepong here.

The first suspect was nabbed outside the hotel in Jalan Kampung Batu while the others were in two rooms at the hotel.

Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy said all four, aged between 30 and 40, tested positive for methamphetamine and had been detained for further investigation under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Drugs with a street value of RM13,000 (S$4920) were seized in the 12.05am raids on Saturday.

ACP Munusamy said police nabbed the suspects after several days of surveillance on the group.

"Following the first arrest, our team raided a room and found 1,190 Eramin 5 pills that were hidden in a powdered milk tin and plastic tissue container," he told a press conference here yesterday.

He added that police also found a plastic packet with 10.74g of powder believed to be ketamine and four smaller plastic packs with 3.65g of a substance believed to be syabu.

Two of the suspects were detained in the room.

ACP Munusamy said police then raided a second room and found another 190 Eramin 5 pills and pills believed to be ecstasy in an ang pow packet.

They arrested the fourth suspect here.

In a separate case, ACP Munusamy said two men suspected of being Gang 21 members and allegedly involved in the November abduction and murder of a Myanmar businessman would be charged in court soon.

"We have received the directive to charge them here (Kuala Lumpur)," he said, adding that the two were expected to be charged under the Kidnapping Act 1961.

The 30-year-old businessman was abducted by armed men in the full view of his family at Pusat Bandar Sentul Utara on Nov 12.

The alleged mastermind of the crime was arrested at the Banting Hospital on Nov 20 while the other suspect was arrested in Singa­pore on Dec 3.

The alleged mastermind led officers to a fo­­rest near a sand factory in Bidor, Perak, where they found the remains of the businessman with his neck slashed.

Police are investigating whether the incident was motivated by revenge as the businessman was allegedly implicated in the death of another person, believed to be one of the suspects' brother.

There was also an alleged attempt on the businessman's life about six months before his abduction.