By Balqis Jazimah Zahari
Photo: Perak Police
IPOH:Police arrested 530 individuals suspected of being involved in drug distribution and addiction activities during the three days Ops Tapis Khas’ operation throughout Perak.
The operation that started on February 27 involved a force of 290 members consisting of the Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Narkotik (JSJN) Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Perak and Bahagian Siasatan Jenayah Narkotik Daerah along with police officers from other divisions and two officers from the Agensi Anti Dadah Kebangsaan (AADK).
Perak Police Chief, Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said the police raided 11 drug addiction activity locations during the operation.
“A total of 530 individuals aged 17 to 67 were involved in various drug offenses with a breakdown of 522 men and eight women.
“The total includes 13 foreigners from Myanmar (1), Indonesia (4), Thailand (5), Laos (1) and Bangladesh (2),” he said in a statement here tonight.
Mohd Yusri said that, out of the total number of arrests, a total of 50 people were arrested for the offense of drug trafficking, 178 people for the offense of drug possession and 302 addicts were investigated under Section 15(1)(a) ADB 1952.
“The police also managed to arrest a total of 12 individuals who were categorized as wanted persons.
“A total of nine suspects have also been identified as serious drug addicts and will be dealt with under Section 39C ADB 1952,” he said.
He said, the total value of the drug seizure was RM35,254.50, which included (494.30) grams of heroin, (155.44) grams of syabu (methamphetamine), (34.05) grams of marijuana, (55.75) liters of ketum liquid, (1.20) liters of methadone liquid and (0.77) grams of erimin 5 pill.
“Also confiscated, a car, cash and jewelery amounting to RM12,518,” he said.
He added, that this operation was carried out to disable the activity of drug distribution and abuse which is a social problem and annoyance among the society today.
“The operation this time focused on drug addicts’ nests that were identified as the result of intelligence conducted previously,” he said.