Civil servant, IPT students nabbed for selling ketum

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selling ketum civil servant students Wangsa Maju District Police Chief Superintendent Rajab Ahad Ismail (second left) showing the packets of ketum water seized in an operation at Jalan Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 01 JANUARY 2021
Wangsa Maju District Police Chief Superintendent Rajab Ahad Ismail (second left) showing the packets of ketum water seized in an operation at Jalan Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 01 JANUARY 2021

By Shawaliah Hadir

KUALA LUMPUR – A civil servant and two students from the Higher Learning Institution (IPT) were among the 12 Malay men aged between 19 to 45 arrested for selling Ketum at Setiawangsa.

According to the Wangsa Maju District Police Chief Supt. Rajab Ahad Ismail, all the sellers were in front of a shop at Jalan Setiawangsa during the arrest.

“At around 11.00 pm, acting on a public complaint, the Wangsa Maju Narcotics Crime Investigation Department had arrested 12 Malay men in front of an unnumbered shop,” he said during the news conference.

He is confident that the group has been selling ketum mixed with cough medication for over a year.

14 plastic bottles and 260 packets of ketum liquid amounting to 281 litres, 62 bottles of cough medications, eight packets of ketum leaves and RM700 believed to be the proceeds of sales were confiscated during the raid.

The total amount of confiscation was evaluated at RM7,000.

He also believes that the ketum seized are meant to cater for sales around Kuala Lumpur.

The case is investigated under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and Section 30(3) of the Poison Act 1952.

“The investigation will be completed before being submitted to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for further action,” he said.

Besides curbing the distribution and sales of ketum, Rajab said that the arrest was also made under Section 3(1) of The Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985.

Meanwhile, he also said that 12 series of ketum sales raid have been conducted by the police around Setiawangsa in 2020.

“We have arrested 36 Malays (35 male and 1 female),” he added. –MalaysiaGazette

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