Bersatu man arrested for cultivating marijuana, drug trafficking

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A local politician was arrested and remanded on suspicion of growing marijuana (ganja) and trafficking narcotics, according to city police chief Comm Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin.

He said the suspect was arrested at a roadblock on Wednesday after he was found with a 400ml vial of what police suspect to be Ketamine.

Police then raided his home in Ampang later the same day.

“There, we discovered an assortment of drugs including nine cannabis plants worth RM4,500, 1.5kg of dried cannabis leaves worth RM3,000 and liquid believed to be a mixture of ketamine and THC worth RM531,000,” Saiful was quoted as saying.

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Investigators suspect the 35-year-old politician was selling the mixture of ketamine and ganja for RM300 per vial.

The politician’s 34-year-old wife and a foreigner who is believed to be the couple’s domestic helper were also arrested as part of investigations. All three have been remanded until January 27.

The trio are being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries a mandatory death penalty if found guilty.

The name of the politician is withheld unless he is charged, as he is still a suspect and does not hold public office.

The person does not hold any elected positions in Bersatu but is an appointed member of a Bersatu Youth wing bureau.

During the 2018 general election, he was Bersatu’s candidate for a parliamentary seat in Perak.

This is not the first time a Bersatu figure has been probed for drug-related matters.

In January last year, Dengkil assemblyperson Adhif Syan Abdullah was among those detained in a drug bust in Kuala Lumpur.

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Initially, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said 16 (out of 17) people were arrested at a condominium unit after they tested positive for illicit drugs. Ketamine and cannabis were also found in the unit, he said.

Two months and a change of government later, the authorities said Adhif’s pathology report found his urine test was clean and that the Attorney-General’s Chambers had ordered all investigations to be classified as “no further action” (NFA).