Keep an eye on foreign students, private colleges told

Seized items: DCP Abdul Rahim (left) holding up a block of dried ganja seized from the suspect’s apartment during a press conference at the Selangor police headquarters.

SHAH ALAM: Police are asking private higher learning institutes to co-operate with authorities on suspicious activities of foreign students, after one was found with 21kg of ganja in his apartment.

The 30-year-old Nigerian, who entered the country under a student visa, was arrested on Saturday at his home in Mentari Court, Bandar Sunway, where police found 21 large blocks of dried marijuana stashed inside his washing machine.

Police also found 81 small packets of the drug worth a total of RM60,000 (S$22,000).

Police believe the suspect was packaging and selling the drug for RM50 per packet to locals here.

Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar declined to comment on the target market for the suspect, but said police were concerned with the growing popularity of the drug among students.

"The police call on the co-operation of higher education institutions to monitor any suspicious activities of their foreign students and to relay the information to the authorities," he said.

The suspect has been remanded until May 19 to assist investigations but has so far been uncooperative with police - claiming he did not speak English.

He faces the death sentence if convicted under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

Police also confiscated RM9,000 cash from his apartment and a Perodua Myvi.

A source said the ganja was believed to have been smuggled into the country from Aceh, Indonesia.

According to the National Anti-Drugs Agency, ganja users made up 10 per cent of its addict rehabilitation cases between 2010 to 2013.

This accounted for 8,349 addicts, mostly students.

Those who used ganja for long periods tend to develop depression and hallucination. Other side effects include non-abrasive behaviour and increased appetite.