KUALA LUMPUR: Two suspected vice kingpins, who are believed to be involved in other criminal activities, have been arrested during a special operation by police here.
The two men were picked up yesterday by the Sentul police and the City police's anti-vice and gaming officers following a tip-off that they were back in town.
Sources said the duo were among nine most wanted men in the country for vice activities.
Police said one was being detained on suspicion of being involved in armed robbery and other crimes. The other was arrested for extortion.
City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mustaffa Abdullah confirmed the arrests.
It is learnt that police are investigating the possibility that one of the men was also involved in a murder case in Sentul in 2000.
Sources said the robbery suspect had fled to China and spent several years there before returning and hiding out in Sitiawan and other places in Perak and Johor. He was picked up at 10pm.
The extortion suspect who was detained at 7pm by the anti-vice and gaming officers was believed to be one of the most trusted lieutenants of one of Four Heavenly Kings, which controls the vice, gambling and other criminal activities in the country.
He had gone into hiding since March, when police launched an all-out war against vice operators.
A prominent businessman who was a former Datuk had been detained for his alleged involvement in such activities.
Following his arrest, several other notorious vice operators were detained and banished to the Simpang Renggam rehabilitation centre for two years.