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Massive Drug Bust in George Town: Unemployed Man Caught with 100kg of Cannabis—Is Your Neighborhood Safe?

George Town: In a significant blow to local drug trafficking, police arrested an unemployed man who had been operating solo, seizing nearly 100 kilograms (kg) of cannabis worth RM309,000 during a raid at an apartment parking lot in Gat Lebuh Maccalum on Friday.

The operation, spearheaded by Penang police chief Datuk Hamzah Ahmad, highlighted the ongoing challenges and efforts in combating drug distribution within the region. The 46-year-old suspect was apprehended at 1 pm while in the motorcycle parking area, allegedly on his way to deliver the drugs to a customer. An initial inspection uncovered two compressed slabs of cannabis weighing nearly two kg, valued at RM6,000.

This arrest marks a significant victory for local law enforcement. The police's subsequent search of a Honda CRV SUV, parked 500 meters from the initial arrest site, revealed four plastic boxes on the passenger seat. These boxes contained 98 compressed slabs of cannabis, weighing 98 kg and worth RM303,000. Preliminary investigations indicated that the man had been using the vehicle as a mobile storage unit for his drug distribution activities.

The suspect had been running his solo drug operation since early June, primarily targeting the Timur Laut district area for distribution. His apprehension underscores the persistence of solo operators in the drug trade, who often evade detection by working independently and utilizing mobile storage methods.

Penang police chief Datuk Hamzah Ahmad stressed the importance of this arrest in the broader context of regional drug enforcement efforts. “This successful operation showcases our commitment to disrupting the supply chains of drug distribution networks in Penang,” he stated.

Further complicating the suspect's situation, he tested positive for drugs and was found to have 12 prior criminal records. He is currently under remand for further investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act, which carries severe penalties, including the possibility of the death sentence.

This case sheds light on the ongoing battle against drug trafficking in Malaysia and the critical role of law enforcement in safeguarding communities. It also raises questions about the effectiveness of current strategies and the need for continuous adaptation in the fight against drug-related crimes.

Do you think stricter penalties should be enforced for drug trafficking offenses? Why or why not?

  • Yes, to deter future crimes and protect the community.

  • No, current penalties are sufficient.

  • No, current penalties are sufficient.

  • No, current penalties are sufficient.


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