A suspect, believed to a wanted drug syndicate leader was shot dead by Police near Cowie Bay, here, last night. Pic by STR/ABDUL RAHEMANG TAIMING

TAWAU: A suspect, believed to a wanted drug syndicate leader was shot dead by Police near Cowie Bay, here, last night.

District police chief Fadil Marsus said the 35-year-old suspect sped-off in his Toyota Avanza when he realised Police were tailing him.

“The suspect sped off once he realised he was being followed but his vehicle lost control and skidded on the roadside.

“Police tried to apprehend him but he refused to cooperate, becoming aggressive and took out a knife hidden on his waist.

“He tried to stab the policemen, who then were forced to fire two shots in self-defence,” he said adding that suspect died on the spot after being hit on his chest in the 11.40pm incident.

“We believe the man is involved in drug trafficking and other violent crimes in this district” he said.

Further investigations, revealed that the suspect was using the identity card of another individual. The suspect was also positively identified as being the leader of the drug syndicate, as well as for involvement in other violent crimes, in the district and Kota Kinabalu.

Police also seized a translucent plastic packet containing syabu weighing 164.88 grammes, a samurai sword, a machete, two bullets and a mobile phone.

Following the incident, raids were conducted on five different locations and in the process Police apprehended 17 suspects including eight women believed to be members of the syndicate.

“We are not ruling out the possibility that the drug syndicate may have links with Indonesian and the Philippines syndicates,” he said.

He adds the suspects were remanded and the case is investigated under Section 307 of Penal Code (murder attempt) and Section 39B of Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (trafficking in dangerous drugs).

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