(File pix) Tan Swee Hin, 51 and Tang Chin Tart, 52 were charged with five counts of drug trafficking in two separate cases at the George Town magistrate’s court today.

GEORGE TOWN: Two men were charged with five counts of drug trafficking in two separate cases at the magistrate’s court here today.

Unemployed Tan Swee Hin, 51, was charged for trafficking 13.9kg of heroin, 20kg of methamphetamine and 37.3kg of 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) at Tingkat Paya Terubong 5, Taman Paya Terubong, at about 10.30am on May 5.

The three charges were read to him before magistrate Mohamad Amin Shahul Hamid and Tan nodded to signal that he understood the charges.

On the second case, 52-year-old businessman, Tang Chin Tart, was charged for trafficking 2.6kg of heroin and 1.8kg of methamphetamine at Lebuh Sungai Pinang 4 at 10.15pm on May 8.

The two charges were read to him in Bahasa Malaysia.

No plea was recorded for the five charges.

Both cases were prosecuted by deputy public prosecutor Nurul Fatin Husin under Section 39B (1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which provides for the death penalty under Section 39B (2) of the same act.

Magistrate Amin set July 19 for mention, pending chemical reports and a Hokkien translator.

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