KOTA KINABALU: A total of 27 suspected drug addicts were nabbed during a two-week crackdown in the Tuaran district not far from here.
Tuaran police chief Deputy Supt Mohd Hamizi Halim said the 27 people, aged between 20 and 50, were arrested between June 24 and July 7.
“From this, one is a suspected addict and dealer who was nabbed on July 1, whereas the rest are believed to be users,” he said in a statement Monday (July 8).
He said the arrests were made based on information from the public.
All suspects will be investigated under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
“Our operations against drug abuse are ongoing and our next focus is on housing areas and settlements,” DSP Hamizi said.
In Kota Kinabalu, 15 people, including a 14-year-old boy, were nabbed during an operation on illegal immigrants around the city between July 6 and 7.
City police chief Asst Comm Habibi Majinji said the 15 were among 41 people inspected during the five-hour operation at various locations.
“Two of them also tested positive for drug abuse,” he said.
He said the suspects aged between 14 and 47 have been referred to the Immigration Department while the two drug abuse suspects will be investigated under the Dangerous Drugs Act.