GEORGE TOWN (May 20, 2009) : Police has seized a total of 227 kg of ganja worth about RM900,000 in Butterworth on yesterday, scoring the biggest drug bust in the state so far this year.
Five men, aged between 25 and 35 years old, were arrested while trying to flee the scene in two cars.
Penang police chief Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakob said acting on a tip-off, anti narcotics officers from Penang, Kedah and Narcotics unit raided a warehouse in Bagan Dalam about 12pm yesterday.
“Upon inspection, police found 10 jute sacks containing ganja, placed in rear seats and the car boot of one of the cars, weighting about 227kg,” he said.
He added that the ganja is believed to have originated from a neighbouring country and was meant to be marketed in Klang Valley.
“Apart from the ganja, police also seized both cars and RM15,000 cash from the scene,” he told reporters in a press conference held in the Penang Contigent Police Headquarters yesterday(May20).
The case was being investigated under Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carried the death penalty upon conviction.
On a seperate issue, Ayub said police have arrested 750 individuals in the state, alleged to be involved in drug, in the Ops Sepadu operation, which is aimed to tackle drugs nationwide.
Of the total, 583 of them are drug addicts, 12 were drug dealers and the rest, 155, were in possession of drug.
He said among those seizure on the 10-day operation, which started on May 10 until yesterday were ganja weighing 227.109kg, heroin (402.74 gm), syabu (18.54 gm), ketamine (112.2 gm), Eramin 5 (329 tablets), psychotropic pills (38.1 gm), Ecstasy pills (20 tablets) and WY pills (141 gm).