Trio nabbed after arsenal of weapons found in house

A video screengrab of some of the parang seized.

ALOR SETAR - A day after police stumbled on an arsenal of high-powered weapons in an abandoned house, they detained three members of Gang 35 and seized a Browning semi-automatic pistol, six parang, a black face mask and several packets of heroin.

The arrest came after they raided a house in Taman Permai, Sungai Petani yesterday.

They also seized paraphernalia for packing drugs, a laptop computer and seven handphones.

The men aged between 20 and 30 who had tattoos on their arms were arrested following a tip-off at 2.30am.

Kedah police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim said the men, two from Kuala Ketil and the other from Butterworth, were identified as Gang 35 members based on the tattoos.

He said one of them was on the police wanted list for three criminal cases and had several previous records.

"We are investigating if the drugs were meant for their own use or for sale," he told a press conference here yesterday.

SDC Ahmad said with the latest seizure, the state police have so far seized two pistols and seven assault rifles under Ops Cantas Khas in the state.

On Thursday, the state police seized seven assault rifles and a pistol at a vacant house in Batu 27, Jalan Naka-Nami during a 5am raid.

Police also arrested a 50-year-old businessman at the house and a 53-year-old man in Kuala Kedah, in relation to the case.

SDC Ahmad said the two men have been remanded until Sept 10.

He said police have yet to establish if the two men belonged to any secret society.

SDC Ahmad said they have arrested 13 people under the Secret Society Act from a total of 4,936 people checked until Sept 5.

He added that police were conducting roadblocks at the North-South Expressway near Changloon to nab secret society members who try to cross into Thailand through the Bukit Kayu Hitam border check point.