Cops Bust Senior Citizen, 3 Others In Drug Sting; RM271K Syabu Seized

ACP Fadil, centre,showing off the four bags of Syabu and other items that were seized from the four man in Saturday night’s drug bust. – Photo credit Media Unit IPD Tawau

TAWAU: An elderly man was among four locals who were nabbed by a crack team from the ant narcotics division here late on Saturday night, and found in the hotel room of one of them was 3.87 kilogrammes of syabu.

Assistant Commissioner Fadil Marsus, the Tawau district police chief said based on street value, the drugs seized are estimated at RM270,900.

The men, aged between 31 and 61, face the death penalty if charged and found guilty by a court.

According to ACP Fadil following a public tip-off and police intelligence the anti-narcotics and strike team led by Assistant Superintendent Ederian bin Maasat staked out the area near the Kingston Hotel.

After a while, they spotted the men who were behaving is a suspicious manner, said ACP Fadil.

The senior citizen was body searched and police found a room key in his possession.

“The team then went up to the room where they found a black bag, inside which were four Chinese-imported tea packages containing what is believed to be syabu,” he said.

The suspects were taken to the Tawau district police station for further investigation and were tested negative for dadah abuse.

Police also seized a Landcruiser as well as a Hilux said to belong to the suspects and used in their drug distributing network.