KOTA KINABALU: A jobless foreigner faces the gallows after he was arrested with more than 50gm of drugs in Sepanggar near here.
The 28-year-old Filipino, who was believed to be waiting for his “regular” customers by the roadside was nabbed at about 8pm on Monday, a national news portal reported.
Kota Kinabalu police chief Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra said the man tried to escape when approached by police.
“A search led to the discovery of a pack of what is believed to be syabu,” he said in a statement here on Tuesday.
According to the Star, the drugs, weighing about 50.16gm, have a street value of about RM4,500.
The man, who also tested positive for drugs, will be remanded until June 5 for investigations and faces the death penalty if found guilty.
In another incident, a man who was believed to have been suffering from depression was found hanged from a ceiling fan in his room.
The 38-year-old labourer was found dead at about 10pm on Monday.
ACP Chandra said police had received a call from the man’s wife, who saw him hanged and unconscious in his room.
“No foul play is suspected at the moment and we will be investigating the case as sudden death,” he said in a statement.
It is learnt that the man had told his wife and family members over the past weeks that he was stressed and wanted to kill himself.
His body has been sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a post-mortem.
Those who have problems or are facing depression can call the Befrienders Kota Kinabalu at 088-255788 to talk to someone about their issues.