TEMERLOH: Three men, one of whom believed to be a triad member of the notorious Gang 08, were detained for suspected drug trafficking.
The suspects, aged between 30 and 46, were arrested during an ambush near a petrol station here last week.
OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Salleh said drugs worth an estimated RM15,000 were seized from the three suspects.
ACP Abdul Aziz said police believed the suspects were on their way to distribute the supply of drugs to runners here when they were intercepted.
“Our anti-narcotic officers received a tip-off and started surveillance work about two weeks ago.
“The suspects were spotted in a car and ordered to alight for inspection but they refused,” he told a press conference here.
Also present was district narcotics chief Asst Supt Woon Toon Meng.
ACP Abdul Aziz said four shots were fired at the tyres when the driver attempted to accelerate and flee the scene.
He said all three were apprehended on the spot after a brief struggle.
“Upon inspection, drugs believed to be heroin weighing 219.16gm, were found hidden at the back passenger seat.
“One of the suspects, aged 36, sported a tattoo of a dragon and centipede on his body,” he said, adding that all three suspects would be investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death penalty.
ACP Abdul Aziz said police would continue to conduct Ops Cantas and Ops Tapis to weed out bad hats in the district.
To date, two triad members from the Gang 08 and Gang 36, were nabbed.