KUCHING: Police have busted 17 gangs in Sarawak after 84 leaders and members were arrested under the anti-gangsterism Ops Cantas Kenyalang launched in April.
Those arrested included four leaders from Miri, Sarikei, Kuching and Sibu and their right-hand men, Federal CID director Comm Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee said.
All have been charged with offences ranging from armed robbery, criminal intimidation and extortion to kidnapping in order to commit murder.
Police also seized several weapons including three pistols, a shotgun, knives and swords.
One of the gangs was the notorious Sibu-based Hua Kee gang which has an estimated 50 members.
“Its gang leader and 13 members have been arrested and eight charged with kidnapping in order to commit murder and gang-robbery.
“They are now being detained in Sibu prison awaiting trial,” Comm Wan told a press conference here on Thursday during his visit to state police headquarters.
He said other gangs included the Sungai Merah and Kong Pia gangs in Sibu, Taxi Station gang in Miri, Market gang in Kuching, Ah Seng gang in Sarikei and Tua Chek gang in Bintulu.
He said 1,310 people had been arrested for offences linked to gangsterism under the operation. Of the number, 679 have been charged in court.
The anti-gangsterism operation is being carried out by a task force comprising Federal and state police.
“We will continue to flush out the remnants of the gangs in Sarawak and take further action to hunt down the leaders,” Comm Wan said.
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