Politician’s wife charged with trafficking, planting cannabis

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The wife of a politician was charged in the Ampang Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Lumpur today with three counts of trafficking and growing cannabis plants in her house.

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However, no plea was recorded from Lyiana Roslee, 34, after the charge was read out before Magistrate Farah Nasihah Anuar as the case, which involved the death sentence upon conviction, comes under the purview of the High Court.

On first and second counts, Lyiana, together with another individual who has yet to be prosecuted, was charged with distributing 1.58kg of cannabis and 7.87 litres of liquid drugs of the same type at a house in Duta Residensi, Ampang at 7.30pm on January 20.

The charges were framed under Section 39B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, punishable under Section 39(B)(2) of the same act, and read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which provides the death sentence or life imprisonment and no less than 15 strokes of the whip if not sentenced to death, upon conviction.

On the third count, the housewife, together with another individual who has yet to be prosecuted, was charged with planting nine trees believed to be cannabis at the same time, date and location.

The charge was framed under Section 6B(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act, punishable under Section 6(A)(3) of the same act, read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which provides for life imprisonment, with no less than six strokes of the whip, upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Nor Shazwani Abdullah appears for the prosecution while the accused was represented by lawyers Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali and Nur Mustanir Md Nor.

The court set February 16 for mention. The accused is being detained at the Kajang Prison.

Lyiana was arrested along with a Filipino domestic helper following a raid by the police on January 22 at the house.

A former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia youth wing vice chief candidate was earlier detained for possessing and distributing liquid ketamine. His arrest occurred after the authorities discovered a white package with a shipping logo containing 400 ml of a substance suspected to be liquid ketamine.

The raid also revealed more drugs at the location, which include the nine cannabis plants worth RM4,500, dried leaves believed to be marijuana worth RM3,000, liquid suspected to be ketamine and RM53,100 worth of cannabis.

It is learnt that drugs were produced by mixing marijuana and ketamine before being sold at RM300 per bottle.