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Malaysian gets 21 years jail and caning for drug trafficking

A 28-year-old Malaysian drug trafficker was jailed 21 years and ordered to be caned 15 strokes. Devanatan Naggan, who worked at a cement factory here, was stopped at the Woodlands Checkpoint while riding his motorcycle into Singapore on the evening of May 12, 2010. A search by Central Narcotics Bu...

29/03/2012 | THE STAR

Huge haul of syabu bust in Kunak

KOTA KINABALU: The police in Sabah’s east coast Kunak district made its biggest drug bust, so far this year with the seizure of almost 100g of syabu recently. Following a brief surveillance, anti-narcotics police detained a 29-year-old man at Kampung Jaya Baru in the district and found on him 97.8g...

29/03/2012 | THE STAR

Drugs worth RM1.4m seized

ALOR SETAR: The state Customs Department seized more than RM1.4mil worth of drugs and arrested three men, including two foreigners, over the past three days. Its director Datuk Abd Aziz Abdul Latiff said a Customs officer at the Bukit Kayu Hitam border noticed something hidden in the luggage of a 2...

29/03/2012 | THE STAR

African group targeting Indians to be drug mules

KUALA LUMPUR: An African drug smuggling syndicate is targeting the Indian community, especially those who are poor and from rural areas, to be drug mules. In a joint press conference organised by MCA Public Services and Complaints De¬¬partment head Datuk Seri Michael Chong, MIC Youth chief T. Mohan...

28/03/2012 | THE STAR

‘Hot’ drug haul at LCCT

SEPANG: An Indian national found out the hard way that hiding 10kg of metamphetamine in a microwave was not a clever way to smuggle drugs into Malaysia. The 42-year-old man, who had worked as a cleaner at Kuala Lumpur’s Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) a decade ago, was one of four people nabbed by...

28/03/2012 | THE STAR

Distraught mother wants to visit son in Taiwan prison

IT WAS difficult for Hajijah Abdul Rashid to control her tears as she spoke about how she had not seen her second son Khairul Azuan Abu Hasan, 32, for six years. Khairul is currently serving a life sentence at a prison in Taiwan for drug trafficking. The former welding factory worker was arrested...

27/03/2012 | THE STAR

Jobless man charged with Nurul’s murder

JOHOR BARU: An unemployed man has been charged with the murder of five-year-old Nurul Nadirah Abdullah (pic) at an oil palm plantation. Muidin Mydin, 24, nodded his head after the murder charge was read to him at a magistrate’s court here yesterday. The charge said the crime was committed on March...

27/03/2012 | THE STAR

Clinic for drug addicts to be built soon

KUALA TERENGGANU: A clinic to treat drug addiction is to be built at a cost of RM23mil in Kampung Raja, Besut, soon. Terengganu Anti-Drug Agency director Abdul Mutalib Abdullah said the construction of the Cure and Care Clinic (CNC) was expected to begin in June at the site of the Narcotics Addicti...

26/03/2012 | THE STAR

Grace Community Services mending broken lives

Grace Centre, a drug rehabilitation centre, has an 18-month programme to help drug dependents to kick the habit. “They come to us as a last resort. It gives us great joy to see a man overcoming his addiction and reconciling with his family. We deal with suicidal cases, too. Very often, they have be...

26/03/2012 | THE STAR

Whitney Houston drowned with cocaine in system: Coroner

LOS ANGELES: Pop star Whitney Houston died of accidental drowning due to the effects of cocaine use and heart disease, a Los Angeles County coroner`s spokesman said on Thursday. The 48-year-old singer, who spent years battling addiction to drugs, including cocaine, was found submerged in the bathtu...

23/03/2012 | THE STAR

Accused drug trafficker freed due to conflicting testimonies

GEORGE TOWN: A jobless man was freed of a drug trafficking charge by a High Court due to discrepancies found in the testimony of two prosecution witnesses. K. Yoganathan, 41, was acquitted and discharged after Judicial Commissioner Mohd Amin Firdaus Abdullah ruled that the defence succeeded in rais...

22/03/2012 | THE STAR

1Malaysia Patrol is a good way to reach out to the community

THE 1Malaysia Patrol involving several government agencies is a good way of reaching out to the community and getting to know their problems besides preventing crime. USJ8 police station Chief Insp Mohd Farid Mohd Fisol said the programme could be seen as a bridge for the agencies to get closer to...

21/03/2012 | THE STAR

US cager in Japan arrested on drugs charge

TOKYO: An American who plays in Japan`s professional basketball league has been arrested over allegations he and his wife imported marijuana into the country with plans to sell the drug, police said yesterday. Authorities on Tuesday detained Lynn Washington, 33, in the western city of Osaka where t...

15/03/2012 | THE STAR

Lucrative job too good to be true for former technician

KUALA LUMPUR: M. Athilakshimi suspected something amiss when her son was offered a RM6,000 a month job with overseas working trips thrown in. True enough, her son Vijendran Iyamuthu, 30, never came back after he was sent on a supposed business trip to Shanghai, China, in September last year. At a...

14/03/2012 | THE STAR

Nurul`s killers `cruel and cold-blooded`

JOHOR BARU: Cold blooded murder. That is how the police have described the killing of five-year-old Nurul Nadirah Abdullah. Mokhtar said three of the four suspects arrested, including a woman, aged between 30 and 40, tested positive for drugs, including metamphetamine or `ice`. `Two of them have...

14/03/2012 | THE STAR