SHAH ALAM: A nationwide crackdown on organised crime saw the arrest of 82 gangsters, including two people with the titles of ‘Datuk Seri’ and ‘Datuk’.
Three policemen were also picked up.
Police officers seized weapons, cash, jewellery, vehicles and property worth RM3.2mil during the operation, which was launched on March 29.
The arrests and seizures of assets were made after three months of surveillance and intelligence gathering by the Selangor and Kuala Lumpur police contingents.
They were assisted by officers from the Special Taskforce on Organised Crime (Staffoc), Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gambling and Gangsterism (STAGG), Bukit Aman and Anti-Money Laundering Act team (AMLA).
Selangor CPO Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor said 83 members of ‘Gang 08’ and ‘Gang 18’ were targeted in the operations.
State police arrested 63 of them, aged between 23 and 60.
He said the Datuk Seri and Datuk, both in their 50s, were believed to have begun their “careers” in Gang 08 in their teens before reaching the top echelons of the crime organisation.
The three policemen arrested were an assistant superintendant from Bukit Aman, a sergeant-major and constable.
Comm Mazlan said two operations were launched on March 29 – Ops Spider to arrest Gang 08 members and Ops Api Reload for Gang 18.
“The arrests were made in Selangor, Pahang, Perak, Kelantan, Johor, Melaka and klia2,” he said during a press conference at the Selangor police headquarters here yesterday.
“We are looking for at least 20 more gang members, including a former police constable, who was fired from the force two years ago,” he added yesterday.
Comm Mazlan said the 63 suspects were being detained for 28 days under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), and would be investigated for being active members of a criminal organisation.
The items seized in the operations included a Ceska handgun, machetes, seven vehicles, four high-powered motorcycles, jewellery, cash, and mobile phones.
The authorities also seized bank accounts and properties worth RM3.1mil.
In Kuala Lumpur, city police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said his officers nabbed 19 members of Gang 08 here and in Johor, Pahang and Selangor.
The suspects were believed to have been active in the city for over three years and were involved in extortion rackets, drug syndicates, gang fights and even murder.
Assets valued at RM167,384 were also seized.
“The 19 suspects were aged between 18 and 38. They have been remanded for 28 days under Sosma,” he told a press conference at city police headquarters.
Comm Mazlan said police were looking for 22 other suspected gang members.