British woman faces death penalty in Malaysia drugs case

16th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

A British woman and her Malaysian husband face the death penalty after being arrested for possession and trafficking of drugs, Malaysian police said Thursday.

The 40-year-old woman and husband were arrested on Sunday after police seized drugs including heroin and ecstasy from their home in northern Terengganu state.

"They are being investigated for possession and trafficking of drugs, they have a huge quantity of drugs worth more than 75,000 ringgit (23,900 dollars)," state anti-narcotics chief Roslan Abdul Wahid told AFP.

"The couple themselves are drug addicts and initial investigation showed they consumed drugs worth more than 10,000 ringgit every month," he said.

Roslan said the couple, who have been married for 20 years, run a holiday chalet business at the popular beach resort of Cherating and police are investigating whether they sold any drugs to tourists.

He said the couple face a mandatory death penalty -- carried out by hanging in Malaysia -- if they are charged and convicted in court.

Police have also detained the couple's adopted 18-year-old daughter and seized five cars including a Mercedes Benz as part of their investigation.

The British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur confirmed the arrest and said the woman was receiving consular assistance.

"We are aware of the arrest of a British national, no charges have yet been brought," the high commission said, adding it was "in close contact" with the authorities over the case.

© 2010 AFP

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