JOHOR BARU, Jan 11, 2016:
Police are probing the criminal activities of a notorious gangster, which include possession of firearms and also a hand grenade, following his arrest here last week.
The suspect, known through the Johor Baru underworld circles as “Roy”, is now in police custody pending investigations.
It was learnt that the 33-year-old suspect has a string of criminal records and was on the police watch list.
A source, familiar with the investigations, said the suspect had recently been released from jail after being charged for a robbery case.
“The suspect has nine previous criminal records and was on the police watch list following his release,” said the source to The Rakyat Post.
On Dec 31 last year, a team from the Johor Baru Selatan district police intercepted a Mazda sports utility vehicle (SUV) when the suspect was with another accomplice in Taman Sentosa.
Checks by the police revealed that the suspects had in their possession a Colt .45 automatic pistol with six rounds of ammunition.
Further checks revealed that the Mazda CX-9 SUV was also reported stolen in Bandar Baru Uda here around August last year.
It was believed that the suspect was on his way to commit a crime.
Both suspects, another also aged 33, have since been under police custody as they are believed to be linked to several cases involving firearms possession, armed robbery and violent criminal activities.
The source revealed that police were investigating the main suspect, who is known to carry firearms and various weapons when in public.
“Police have information that the suspect is an active Gang 77 member and has been known to flaunt his weapons in public.
“Investigators are also probing the suspect’s link to several cases, including claims that he has hand grenades which he uses to threaten his enemies.”
Meanwhile, Johor Baru Selatan police chief Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh confirmed that police have initiated investigations into both suspects for possession of illegal firearms.
“We have extended the remand period for the suspects and have initiated investigations under Section 8 of the Firearms Act 1960.
“At the same time, investigators will also probe the main suspect as he is known to have links with the underworld and has a string of past criminal offences.”
Sulaiman said the seized Colt automatic pistol had been sent to the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman for ballistics testing.
“We will await the ballistics results to see if the pistol was used in any shooting cases reported in the country.”
Gang 77, also known as Double 7, is believed to have more then 1,000 members and operates in Peninsular Malaysia.
It was formed about 10 years ago as a non-governmental movement to protect the interests of the Malay community and the majority of its members are youths.
However, over the years, the gang has been on the police watch list as they are seen as notorious with their members involved in various crimes, especially those connected to firearms.