JOHOR BARU: Twenty individuals believed to be parking touts in the city centre were nabbed during a joint operation involving the police and Johor Baru City Council (MBJB).
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Shahurinain Jais said the operation saw a team of 33 MBJB officers and policemen raiding the area along Jalan Trus, Jalan Dhoby and Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.
“Of those caught, 10 including a woman and an Indonesian man were detained for various offences and all suspects tested positive for drugs,” he said, adding that seven detainees were being investigated under Section 50(3) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for unauthorised parking fee collection.
ACP Shahurinain said a check revealed that three others were on the wanted list for drug-related offences and cheating cases.
Johor Baru city mayor A. Rahim Nin said two of the individuals caught failed to produce valid identifications while another was a foreigner who was later sent to the Immigration Department.
Rahim said the joint operation was one of several held with the police and occasionally with the Road Transport Department and National Anti-Drug Agency.
“We have caught some 140 individuals, believed to be touts, since Feb 8 this year,” he said, adding that this operation was conducted in the morning while previous ones were all conducted late at night.
He said that although efforts to curb the issue have been continuous, the touts seem undeterred for the sake of making a quick buck.
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