A soldier and his friend took to their heels when the police found a bag containing 200 grammes of heroin in their car at the Sungai Dua toll plaza here early today.
However, it was a short-lived freedom for the suspected drug traffickers as several policemen gave chase and nabbed them at a paddy field about 12.30am.
Earlier, the vehicle was among many which were stopped during a road-block and operation mounted in the vicinity of the toll plaza to screen motorists.
The suspects, in their 20s, have been detained to facilitate investigations under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.
The officer-in-charge of operations at the road block, Chief Inspector Rohaizat Salim, said the policemen had chased the duo for 300 metres before overpowering them in the paddy field.