Gang 08 member among four nabbed in shootout

IPOH - One of the four men arrested after a shootout in Taman Syukur on Friday is a Gang 08 member.

Perak police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said the 45-year-old man, however, did not have any previous conviction.

"We are investigating whether the other three, aged between 34 and 52, are also gang members. The three have multiple criminal records and are wanted by other state police contingents," he said here yesterday.

"Our investigation showed that all four are linked to drug syndicates in the state."

On Friday, police raided a double-storey house, which doubled as a mini drug laboratory, in Taman Syukur here to arrest the four.

The raiding team was quick to nab two of them while the other two tried to escape through the roof.

A shootout ensued before all of them were detained.

SDCP Mohd Shukri said police seized a Beretta Compact pistol with three 9mm bullets, a black bag with 24 live bullets, 100 strips of Eramin 5 drug, drug-processing equipment and a Proton Wira Aeroback.

He said with their arrest, police had solved the murder of a 25-year-old man who was gunned down in Kampung Simee in July.

"All four men will be remanded until Aug 30, and will be investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for the murder," he said adding that the Ops Cantas anti-crime crackdown was still ongoing.

On an incident where some men had apparently demanded money from the organisers of the Hari Raya open house of Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in Bagan Datoh, Perak CID chief SAC Datuk Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim said two people had been detained in Teluk Intan on Sunday in connection with the incident.