BUKIT MERTAJAM: Police made a startling discovery of an arsenal of guns, a handgrenade and hundreds of live bullets when they raided an abandoned double-storey house in Taman Bukit Indah here on Sunday.
The house was raided previously in December where police uncovered a drug processing laboratory in the premises and seized more than RM700,000 worth of ecstasy pills.
That raid was initiated after the owner of the house led police to the unit after his tenant had disappeared and it was left vacant for six months.
This time, the same houseowner lodged a police report that ammunition and weapons were discovered in the house.
A police team then inspected the house at 2.40pm on Sunday where the weapons were kept inside a room on the first floor.
Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abd Hamid said police found 349 live bullets and pistols in the room.
“Among the seizures were US-made M61 hand grenade, a Smith & Wesson (Magnum) pistol, a home-made pistol, two silencers, a laser shooter, bullet shells and casings.
“Our men also located a handgrenade,“ he said.
Nik Ros Azhan added that they also seized an assortment of live bullets, including 42 Thai ARM .38 SPL live bullets, 50 black Thai ARM bullets, 50 Thai ARM live bullets and 39 PMC .38 live bullets.
“We are now on the hunt for the tenant. We have identified the suspect as a 42-year-old man with a criminal record of 16 drug-related offences,” he added.
The case is being investigated under Section 8A of the Firearms Act 1960 and Section 8 of the Firearms Act (Increased Penalty) 1971.
Nik Ros Azhan said the handgrenade will be detonated today by the Bomb Disposal Unit.
In the December raid, police found a luggage bag in the living room found containing 20,470 Ecstasy pills weighing 5.5kg worth RM716,450 and 15kg of caffeine worth RM2,850 along with various equipment used to process chemicals.