$3,800 fine for consuming drug, possesing drug paraphernalia

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A MAN was imposed a $3,800 fine yesterday after he pleaded guilty to consuming drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Defendant Mohammad Firdaus Hj Rahman and three other men were arrested on July 9, 2010, during a Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB) raid at the loading bay of the Mall Shopping Complex in Gadong over suspicion of drug-related activities.

Following a body search on the defendant, the officer found a utensil believed to have been used for drug consumption.

Upon analysis by the Department of Scientific Services (DSS), the item was found to contain Class A drug Methamphetamine or locally known as syabu.

Mohammad Firdaus was also found to have consumed the drug when syabu was detected in his urine sample.

Mohammad Firdaus later admitted that he had consumed the drug on the day the raid happened.

The court document went on to state that Mohammad Firdaus was again arrested with three other men on September 19, 2011, when the NCB raided a house in Kg Orang Kaya Besar Imas upon suspicion of drug-related activities.

While the NCB officers did not find anything related to drugs on Mohammad Firdaus at the time, a DSS analysis report found the presence of syabu in his urine sample.

Mohammad Firdaus later admitted during investigation that he consumed the drug the day before his arrest.

During the proceedings yesterday, Mohammad Firdaus told the court that he was influenced by his friends to consume the drug.

In delivering her sentencing verdict, Presiding Magistrate Hjh Ervy Sufitriana Hj Abd Rahman said that influence from friends is not a valid defence or excuse to consume drugs.

She further ordered Mohammad Firdaus to settle the fines within the four-month grace period and undergo a urine examination.

Failure to pay the fine would result in the defendant serving eight months in jail.

Mohammad Firdaus has been released on a $3,800 bail and one local surety pending the next mention of the case on February 28, 2015.

The Brunei Times