A couple in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, were busted for selling cannabis-infused biscuits and cakes via social media. Assistant Commissioner Sahar Abd Latif, who heads the City Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department, declared that police had conducted surveillance of the suspects for a month prior to their arrests in an operation dramatically named Op Storm.
How they got busted
The first suspect, a 34-year-old man, was arrested while travelling in a Honda City car in front of the lobby of a block of flats on the major road Jalan Pudu at around 15:30 on Tuesday 7 September 2021. He was carrying 53 cakes and 25 jars of cookies, all cannabis-infused. He led police to a flat in PJ Midtown where his 28-year-old girlfriend was apprehended at 18:30. There, police came upon a further 131 jars of biscuits, 41 cakes, eight blocks of cannabis weighing 17 pounds, four pots containing just under seven gallons of liquid cannabis, 11,790 Malaysian ringgits (just over £2,000) and two ovens, a mixer and other baking equipment. This was all worth over 200,000 ringgits – £35,000.
Police discovered that the pair had been selling cannabis-infused foodstuffs to close friends over what Sahar described as “social media such as Instagram.” The price was 100 ringgits (£17) for a jar of biscuits and 50 ringgits for a 3.5 oz cake. They initially rented the flat eight months ago and began selling their wares three months later. Urine tests found cannabis was present in the body of the man, but not the woman. Both were remanded in custody. Neither had a previous criminal record. A BMW X3 belonging to the suspects was also seized.
Dying for cannabis
Have you ever remarked that you were dying for some cannabis? If convicted, the couple could be hanged for drug trafficking – having more than 200 grammes (seven ounces) of cannabis carries the death penalty in Malaysia. Earlier this year, Muhammad Lukman, who sold cannabis oil to people suffering from cancer, escaped the prospect of hanging courtesy of the Federal Court following a massive public outcry and a petition signed by tens of thousands of people. He instead received a seven-year jail sentence and 10 strokes of the cane. A 48-year-old inhabitant of the northwestern state of Penang, however, could still be hanged after being convicted of selling slightly more than seven ounces of cannabis at a food court in Bukit Mertajam.