The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) have arrested a couple for baking and selling cannabis-based cookies and cakes in Petaling Jaya
According to Kuala Lumpur City Narcotics CID chief ACP Sahar Abd Latif, the police have been carrying out surveillance on the suspects for a month before they made contact.
In a raid at the lobby of a Jalan Pudu residence on 7 September, police arrested a man – aged 34 – carrying on him 53 cakes and 25 jars of cookies believed to have been infused with cannabis.
"The suspect then led investigators to another residency (sic) in PJ Midtown, in Jalan Kemajuan, where his 28-year-old girlfriend was picked up," he was quoted as saying by New Straits Times.
During the raid at PJ Midtown, police discovered more cannabis-based cookies and cakes along with ovens and other baking equipment
Among the items discovered included 131 jars of 'magic' cookies, 41 infused cakes, eight slabs of cannabis weighing 7.8kg, and 31 litres of liquid cannabis.
The couple had started renting the residence eight months ago.
"They have been actively selling the cookies for RM100 and cakes for RM50 each, by marketing it to their close friends on Instagram," Sahar said.
Police say the items seized are valued at a whopping RM491,089
According to Sahar, the street value of the drugs in solid and liquid form seized are estimated to be in excess of RM200,000, reported Bernama.
The police also seized RM11,790 in cash, a BMW X3 believed to have been owned by the couple, as well as the appliances and tools used to carry out the business.
The duo have been remanded to assist in investigations
The male suspect has been remanded for six days since the arrest on 8 September, while his partner was detained for seven.
Sahar said the drug urine tests of the man came back positive, while the woman's was negative.
"Both have been remanded to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952."
Under that subsection of the law, possession of more than 200g of cannabis is deemed to be drug trafficking.
If convicted, the couple may face a death sentence by hanging.
Earlier this year, the Federal Court freed Muhammad Lukman Mohamad from the death penalty over two counts of drug trafficking:
Meanwhile, a 48-year-old Penangite was sentenced to death for peddling 208g of cannabis at a food court in Bukit Mertajam: