Grenade, guns, drugs worth RM5.6mil seized in series of raids

GEORGE TOWN: Drugs worth RM5.6mil were seized following a series of police operations dubbed Ops Cantas Tanjung conducted recently.

Penang police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain said 11 suspects were first arrested during an operation by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Organised Crime Department and a CID team from Bukit Aman on May 24.

“Nine men and two women, aged between 29 and 61 years old, were arrested.

“The group is believed to have been smuggling drugs to neighbouring countries and in possession of firearms since last year.

“Following that, another operation on May 26 led police to seizing two more pistols and 90 rounds of live ammunition and a hand grenade inside a fruit orchard in Teluk Bahang.

“The case is being investigated under Section 8 of the Firearms Act (Heavier Penalty) 1871 and Section 8(a) of the same act,” he said in a statement Thursday (June 2).

Comm Shuhaily said all suspects are being investigated for leading an organised criminal group and remanded under Section 4(5) of Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) for 28 days from May 24 to June 21.

“In total, police seized six firearms, 185 rounds of live ammunition and a hand grenade.

“Methamphetamine weighing a total 158kg worth RM5.6mil was also seized from this group,” he added.