KOTA KINABALU: Three suspected drug dealers were shot dead after exchanging gunfire with police in Sabah’s east coast Kinabatangan district yesterday.
Police also seized 10 firearms, including two pistols, following the 2.30am incident at Ladang Kaswel, Kampung Sinar Jaya.
Sabah deputy police chief Zaini Jass said the dead, aged between 30 and 50, did not have any identification documents on them.
He said the anti-narcotics operation consisted of 80 policemen from the Criminal Investigation Department, Special Branch and General Operations Force. They carried out simultaneous raids on two locations.
“In the first raid at a house, we saw a motorcyclist heading to the house suddenly turn back and race away after suspecting the presence of police.
“The suspect fired a shot at the police who then fired back. The man was killed on the spot,” he told reporters at the state police contingent headquarters here today.
Zaini said the suspect was carrying a homemade shotgun, or a bakakuk, six live shells and 13 packets containing syabu (methamphetamine).
He said inspection of the house led to the discovery of two bakakuks, three air rifles, a machete and more syabu.
“We picked up seven people, aged between two and 34. All of them did not have documents,” he said.
In the second raid at a house about 4km from the first, two other suspects fired several rounds at the police.
“The duo was killed in the exchange and we later found two pistols and a gun which had been modified to look like a revolver,” Zaini said.
Police seized over RM2,000 in cash, foreign currencies, nine packets containing 800gm of syabu and two homemade air rifles.
“We believe the suspects were not only dealing drugs but were also into making homemade firearms,” he said.