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Drug trafficking gang crippled, one dead

12th August, 2017


TAWAU: Police have crippled a drug trafficking syndicate following the shooting dead of a 35-year-old man and arrest of 17 individuals including eight women aged between 18 and 33 during Ops Khas.

District police chief, ACP Fadil Marsus said a police team led by him had tailed a Perodua Avanza vehicle at about 11.40pm on Thursday.

“When the driver, 35, realised he was being followed, he sped off but crashed later at the left side of the road at Jalan Cowie Bay.

“The suspect started to behave aggressively when we tried to arrest him. He took out a knife and tried to stab my officers.

“They retaliated by opening fire twice at his chest and he fell and died on the spot,” Fadil told a press conference here yesterday.

Fadil said investigation showed that the deceased was found with a ‘L’ driving licence and Mykad bearing the names Mattarasah Atta and Muin Muhlis, respectively.

“We believe he (deceased) has been carrying these two documents with him,” he said.

Fadil said they found a green plastic bag containing 164.88 grams of crystalline substance believed to be syabu, a Samsung Note 2, a 34-inch Samurai sword as well as a 20-inch machete inside the vehicle.

“And, we also discovered that the vehicle belongs to one Shahrir Tamring whose address is in Lahad Datu,” he said, adding that the deceased had four previous criminal records – two in 2014 and 2015 and two in 2013.

Fadil said, following the shooting incident, they picked up the 17 individuals in four separate raids.

During the first raid at 4.15am in Bandar Fajar, a 20-year-old woman was detained and about 20 minutes later, three women and two men were picked at a house in Taman Cynthia, Jalan Chong Thien Vun.

He said another six men and three women were arrested at a restaurant in Jalan Kuhara at about 5am on the same day

During the fourth raid at 5.07am, a man and woman were detained at a house in Taman Dingin, Jalan Apas.

“We have also seized a machine believed to be used for packing drugs inside a building in Tawau Lama, Mile 3, Jalan Apas,” Fadil said.

Meanwhile, he said all the 17 individuals were being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

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