SIBU: Police here have discovered that entertainment outlets have been used by criminals to indulge in the habit of abusing drugs following the arrest of 115 people.
During a press conference, district police chief ACP Mohd Kamal Kordi said of the 194 people detained for various crimes, 60% of them, or 115, were drug abusers.
In its efforts to overcome this unhealthy trend, ACP Mohd Kamal said they would be working closely with the council to ensure that entertainment centres were free from drug activities.
From January to Sept 22, the police had conducted raids on a total of 28 entertainment centres and nine were found to have patrons who had abused drugs.
Recently, 15 people, including five women, were arrested in a pub in Jalan Ek Dee for drug abuse.
The police had also seized from the suspects, aged between 18 and 39, 105 Estacy pills (amounting to 29.3g), 48 Eramin pills, 59g of ketamine and 0.62g of syabu.
“We are investigating the case under Section 39A(1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act and Section 12(2) of the same Act,” he said.
The arrest of three members of Sentosa Gang, aged 20 to 31, also revealed that they were on drugs.
The trio were arrested on Sept 17 after committing two snatch thefts on the same day.
A fourth individual, whom police identified as Johari Suffian of No. 25, Lot 1011, Jalan Sentosa Salim, was still at large.
“We want him to come forward to assist us in our investigations,” said ACP Mohd Kamal.
The gang, he said, targeted mostly women including elderly persons who were on their way to work on foot along feeder roads.
“They use two motorcycles with one of them riding pillion on each bike. The pillion rider would snatch the victim’s handbag before fleeing,” he said.
With the arrest of the three suspects, the police had also recovered an assortment of items belonging to victims. This included ATM cards, MyKads, bank saving-books and bags.
He added that the police had also nabbed two people under the Crime Prevention Act.
The two, who were also on drugs, would be sent to either the Simpang Reggam Detention Centre or placed under restricted residence status.
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