Car passengers charged with drug trafficking
TWO passengers in the car that crashed through police barriers near the Shangri-La Hotel in the wee hours on Sunday were charged in court with heroin trafficking yesterday.
Mohamed Ismail, 31, and Muhammad Syahid Mohamed Yasin, 26, were both charged with possessing three packets of approximately 9g of heroin for the purpose of trafficking.
The men will be remanded for a week to facilitate investigations into possible further offences.
Ismail, who sustained injuries during the incident but was conscious when taken to hospital, was charged via videolink.
The duo were arrested after the driver of the red Subaru Impreza car they were in was shot dead by the police at around 4.30am on Sunday.
The driver, Mohamed Taufik Zahar, 34, defied orders to allow the police to check the boot of the car and made a run for it, crashing the car through the police barricades.
The area around Shangri-La Hotel had been placed under a tight security net, given that it was hosting a major security summit attended by defence ministers and security chiefs.
The police then opened fire at the vehicle. The car, which had a single bullet hole in the front windscreen, came to a stop on a grass patch barely 250m from the entrance of the hotel. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The police said the dead man was wanted for failing to attend court for an offence of criminal intimidation. He also had previous drug offences and other criminal records.
Ismail is also wanted for drug-related offences and for failing to stop at a roadblock. Both he and Syahid have previous drug related offences and criminal records.
If convicted, Ismail and Syahid face between five and 15 years' imprisonment, and between five and 15 strokes of the cane.