NCB hauls in $120,000 worth of drugs in 2-week sting
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) confiscated illicit drugs worth $120,000 in the first two weeks of this month following several arrests in Brunei-Muara, Tutong and Belait districts.
According to a statement, on October 3, two men and a woman were detained at the Kuala Lurah Customs Control Post in Brunei-Muara following the discovery of 500 grams of methamphetamine, locally known as syabu, along with drug paraphernalia in a car.
The drug is estimated to be worth $10,000 on the black market.
Meanwhile, on October 8, the NCB detained three men and two women in their 30s and 40s in a house in Kg Bukit Panggal in Tutong District.
The officers found several items believed to be marijuana and syabu, both weighing 30 grams, during the raid.
They also found cash believed to be the proceeds of drug sales amounting to $17,000.
Another arrest was made on October 11 when the NCB and the Royal Customs and Excise Department detained a foreigner for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs through the Sungai Tujoh Control Post in Kuala Belait.
Following an inspection, officers found 400 grams of marijuana and five grams of ketamine.
Both drugs are estimated to be worth $7,000 on the black market.
The death penalty is mandatory for drug trafficking cases involving more than 600 grams of marijuana or more than 100 grams of syabu, said the statement.
The NCB is asking the public to report suspicious activities involving illegal drugs by contacting 2448877 during office hours or 8777444 at other times.
The Brunei Times