NCB nabs over 400 grammes of drugs in two operations

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

FOUR local men were arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) earlier this month in two separate operations conducted in the Brunei-Muara and Belait districts.

In a statement, NCB said that the first suspect was arrested upon the 29-year-old Bruneian’s arrival at the Brunei International Airport on September 10 from Kuala Lumpur.

NCB said that the arrest was as a result of enhanced cooperation with the Airport Interdiction National Task Force which brought the suspected trafficking to NCB’s attention.

A search of his belongings at the airport by officers revealed that he was carrying 418.81 grammes of suspected cannabis and several packs of undeclared cigarettes with him aboard the flight.

Meanwhile, the other three local suspects aged between 45 and 50 years old were arrested on September 15 when a house in Panaga was raided by NCB officers.

NCB Officers involved in the raid found what is believed to be 34.8 grammes of crystallised methylamphetamine, known locally as syabu.

Rhey also found drug paraphernalia, a digital weighing scale and packaging that is believed to be used in selling drugs.

Cash amounting to $419 was confiscated, believed to be proceeds from selling drugs.

The total street value of the drugs seized in the two operations is estimated to be worth over $13,000.

The first suspect is facing a minimum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane and a maximum of 30 years’ imprisonment and 15 strokes for the alleged offence under section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 27.

The remaining three suspects are each facing up to 30 years’ imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane for the alleged offence of drug trafficking under Section 3A of the same act.

NCB said that it appreciates the Airport Interdiction National Task Force’s role and contribution in the successful arrest of the drug trafficking suspect and encourages the public to contact the NCB with any information on drug-related activities at 2448877 during office hours or the hotline 8777444.

The Brunei Times