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Singapore: 17-year-old student nabbed for possession of 1,730 stimulant pills, faces death penalty

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A 17-year-old here was arrested for possession of 1,730 stimulant pills worth RM 17,300.

District police chief Superintendent Mohd Zamri Mohd Rowi said a narcotics team raided the Form Five student's home at Kampung Gong Penaga here following a tip-off on Thursday at 6.15pm.

He said the suspect, who tested negative for drugs, lives with his grandmother, and has been involved in distributing drugs since March.

"During the raid, the suspect panicked, and attempted to chuck a packet of stimulant pills out the window," he said yesterday.

"Later, the suspect led the police team to the kitchen area where a packet of 1,600 stimulant pills was found," he said today.

Zamri said the teen was taken to the Kuala Besut police station for further investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act for trafficking.

If convicted, the suspect could face a mandatory death sentence.

"Initial investigations show that the suspect has been selling drugs in the Jertih and Gong Penaga. Fortunately, he has not been distributing drugs at his school," Zamri added.

Source: New Straits Times Online, November 22, 2016

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