Trial of cook charged with trafficking Syabu begins

KOTA KINABALU: The
trial of a cook charged with
trafficking in 222.77
grammes of Syabu started
at the High Court here
yesterday with the
prosecution expected to call
seven witnesses.
Len Chea Hoe, 44, is
charged with trafficking in
the drugs at a car park in
front of Sabah Trade Centre
here at 1.10pm on Sept 10,
2009.
He is liable to be sentenced
to death if found guilty of
the offence under Section
39B (1) (a) of the Dangerous
Drugs Act 1952.
Deputy public prosecutor
Gan Peng Kun from
the Customs Department,
told Judicial Commissioner
Datuk Abdul Rahman
Sebli that the prosecution
would lead direct
and circumstantial
evidence to show that the
accused had knowledge of
the said drugs and the
possession thereof was not
accidental.
“The prosecution shall
rely on the presumption
of trafficking under Section
37 of the DDA that the
accused did traffic in the said drugs.
“The totality of the
evidence will point to the
indisputable conclusion
that the accused did in his
own behalf traffic in the
drugs,” he said.
In his opening address,
Gan said a chief customs
officer received information
about 10.30am on Sept 10,
2009 that a
parcel containing drugs
was sent by courier and
reached the office of Pos Laju here.
He said the parcel was
later scanned by another
customs officer and the
result of the scan showed

suspicious images.
The chief customs officer
was instructed to follow the
movement of the parcel until
it was delivered to its
recipient.
“Further evidence will be
led by the prosecution that
on the same morning, a
postman had received
several telephone calls from
the accused inquiring about
a parcel,” he said.
Gan added the chief
customs officer followed the
postman to Likas Square
and later saw the accused
receiving the parcel from the
postman.
“When the accused
headed back to a car at
a car park in front of Sabah
Trade Centre, the chief
customs officer and his
team arrested the accused
and seized the parcel,” he
said.
Gan told the court that the
accused and the parcel were
brought to the customs
headquarters here where
the parcel was examined in
front of the accused.
“The parcel was a box
and it was found to
contain 20 plastic packets
containing dry plants and
six plastic packets
containing crystalline
substance believed to be
dangerous drugs.
“Upon further
examination by the
chemist, the crystalline
substance is confirmed to be
methamphetamine (Syabu)
weighing 222.77 grammes,”
Gan said.
The accused, claimed trial
to the charge on Jan 19, this
year and is currently
detained in custody pending
the disposal of the case as
the alleged offence is not bailable.
Len is represented by
counsel Chin Tek Ming.

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