Malaysian cops bust ring using children to sell syabu in Sandakan

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KOTA KINABALU - Police in Sandakan have busted a group believed to be using children as young as nine to distribute syabu in the east coast district.

This came following the arrest of three people, including a nine-year-girl, who were caught with more than 1kg of the synthetic drug in a raid at the MPS flats in Karamunting at 5pm on Jan 25.

Sandakan OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Azhar Hamin said Friday the syabu had a street value of more than RM70,000.

He said the raid followed a tip-off, which had prompted police to carry out a surveillance of the area.

According to ACP Mohd Azhar officers from the district Narcotics Criminal Investigation Division, the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department and Sandakan police station were involved in the surveillance.

"The woman is an IMM13 card holder while the child did not have documents. The three of them are believed to be related," he said.

"This is the biggest syabu seizure of the year so far. We are investigating the case under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952," ACP Mohd Azhar said.