Singaporean man and Malaysian girlfriend charged with drug trafficking in Johor

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At a magistrates court in Johor Bahru yesterday, a Singaporean man and his Malaysian girlfriend were charged with trafficking 9,625gm of methamphetamine.

Loh Kok Kiong, 49, and Soh Yong Xin, 32, were jointly charged with the offence police say was committed at a house in Jalan Forest City 15, Forest City, in Gelang Patah, at 11.15am, on Aug 9.

Loh was also charged with possessing 100gm of ketamine and administering methamphetamine into his body at Forest City and the Iskandar Puteri district police headquarters narcotics division at 11.15am and 10.30pm on Aug 9.

The charges, framed under Section 39B(1)(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, are punishable under Section 39B(2) of the same Act with death penalty or life imprisonment, with whipping of no less than 15 strokes upon conviction.

For the administration of methamphetamine, he was charged under Sections 12(2) and 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

The pair entered a not guilty plea to the allegation of ketamine possession, and Loh did likewise with the accusation of methamphetamine consumption.

They were charged under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act, punishable under Section 12(3) of the same Act, which provides for a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or a maximum jail term of five years or both upon conviction.

No plea was recorded for their other charges.

Deputy public prosecutor Danial Munir appeared for the prosecution while the accused were unrepresented.