Another family drug ring was foiled by the Narcotics Control Bureau, NCB in Operation Bulls Eye that was conducted between the 25th and 31st of March 2021. The operation targeted 9 locations in the Tutong and Brunei Muara Districts. So far, 17 locals have been detained under the suspicion of being involved in drug trafficking activities and money laundering of proceeds from the illegal activities.
The 14 men and 3 women are aged between 20 to 65 years old. This was another family business run by a couple who have their own network to carry out drug supply activities to traffickers at several identified locations in the country. The drug trafficking activities were believed to be disguised as fishing activities and selling fish online to obscure the authorities.
Inspection on the detainee's vehicle and residence found several significant items including controlled drug namely Syabu, a Class A drug weighing one thousand 703 point 0-6 grams with a market value of over 300 thousand dollars; cash amounting 76 thousand 683 dollars and 30 cents; 9 cars; two motorcycles; 4 boats with engines; four GPS equipment; several mobile phones; and jewellery which are believed to be proceeds from the drug trafficking activities.
The suspects are still under investigation under:
- Section 3A of the Misuse of Drugs Act, MDA, Chapter 27 for the possession of controlled drugs for the purpose of trafficking over 100 grams which leads to death by hanging;
- Section 3 of the Criminal Asset Recovery Order 2012 for the offence of money laundering;
- Section 6A of the MDA, Chapter 27 for the possession of controlled drugs;
- Section 6B of the MDA, Chapter 27 for the consumption of controlled drugs;
- Section 7 of the MDA, Chapter 27 for the possession of items believed to be drug paraphernalia; and
- Section 10 of the MDA, Chapter 27 for abetment of offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act, Chapter 27.
The NCB is still investigating and apprehending suspects who are believed to have a connection with the drug trafficking syndicate network. The NCB is also seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Mohamad Shahebol Sham bin Suan, holder of identity card number 01-035373 to assist in the investigation.
The NCB will not stop in its efforts to eradicate existing drug networks in the country, and will not compromise with any parties involved and abetting the illegal activities. Any information on suspicious activities related to drug abuse activities, contact 244 8877 during office hours or hotline 877 7444 or email to email@example.com.
Source: Radio Television Brunei