SHAH ALAM, Aug 2 — Financial difficulty is believed to have been the motive that prompted a police sergeant to break into an exhibit store at the Sepang District Police Headquarters (IPD) and steal 404 packages containing 724 grammes (g) of heroin and syabu, on July 28.
Selangor police chief Datuk Hussein Omar Khan said the investigation revealed the 44-year-old suspect confessed to committing the act alone, as he was desperate financially.
The officer, attached to the Sepang IPD Commercial Investigation Division, has been remanded for seven days from yesterday. He was also suspended from duty after testing positive for syabu on July 14.
“We believe he has used one or two packages of the drugs for personal use, and there is a possibility that he attempted to sell them. However, we are still investigating to determine if that is the case,” he told a press conference earlier today.
The police managed to recover 276 envelopes containing 486g of the drugs, which were kept in garbage bags and hidden in bushes near the suspect’s home in a housing complex near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).
Hussein said the police confiscated the wire cutter used in the incident and are still searching for the remaining missing evidence.
The materials were placed at the store’s administration office to be disposed of, involving cases from 2014 to 2020.
Therefore, the break-in had no impact on any ongoing court cases. He added the suspect was unsuccessful in breaking into the main exhibit store, which is equipped with high-security features.
“Investigation papers are being completed under Section 457 of the Penal Code and Section 15(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” Hussein said.
Yesterday, a police sergeant was arrested to assist in the investigation into a break-in at the exhibit store of the Sepang IPD last month.