117 arrested in raid on drug-fuelled CNY party

POLICE detained 117 people, including a woman believed to be the organiser, in a raid on a Chinese New Year party at an entertainment outlet in Pudu on Sunday.

Wangsa Maju district deputy police chief Muhammad Najib Hamzah said in the 2am raid, 314 people were inspected, and 115 of them, including 29 women, tested positive for drugs.

“Police arrested a man in his 30s who had ‘08’ tattooed on his left shoulder. He was remanded for a day to assist in investigations under Section 52(3) of the Societies Act 1966,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He said all those arrested, aged between 20 and 30, were remanded for four days, until today, to facilitate investigations under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

The 27-year-old organiser, who rented the premises for RM12,000 a day, has been freed on police bail.

Investigations revealed that the party was promoted via a Facebook page, with each guest paying RM30 if they showed up before midnight and RM40 after, said Najib, adding that police also seized liquor, musical instruments and cash. – Bernama, February 6, 2019.

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