The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) had discovered over 1,400 kilograms (1.4 Ton) of ketum leaves in a rented house in Kampung Kolam, Padang Besar on Saturday (2 October).
The 1.4 Ton of ketum leaves were then confiscated by the police and the haul is estimated to worth around RM42,000.
According to the statement from the police, Pandang Besar Police Chief, Superintendent Saifudin Aslin Abbas said the police had carried out the raid at about 10 p.m. on Saturday (2 October), where they found piles of ketum leaves that filled the entire house, including the toilet.
Saifudin said the police received a tip off from the public and the intelligence unit the found the house which was used as the a collection point for ketum leaves.
He said the police had observed the house for about an hour and they found that there are no occupants or individuals who returned to the house.
“We contacted the premise owner to be present to witness the scene and the police then confiscated the ketum leaves.”
“The preliminary investigation found that the premise owner had his brother to manage the rental of the house and he have no knowledge of the activities related to the ketum leaves.” Saifudin said.
Nonetheless, all the ketum leaves were confiscated and were taken to the Padang Besar District Narcotics Criminal Investigation Division for further investigation.
He added that the investigations is still ongoing and the police are tracking down the tenant who was believed to have fled.
“The premise owner and his brother who manages the rental of the house will be called in to have their statement recorded.” he said.
Saifudin said the case is being investigated under Section 30 (3) of the Poisons Act 1952.
Read the statement from the police here: