The Narcotic Crimes Investigation Department (NCID) director said the police went after their own personnel last year for drug abuse and this operation would be expanded to include civil servants.
“The operation codenamed Libero Purus, or clean sweep, will include all civil servants,” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman yesterday.
Last year, NCID launched Ops Blue Devil aimed at police personnel who abused drugs.
On another matter, Comm Mohd Khalil said police would meet 116 courier service companies on Jan 16 to discuss efforts to prevent drug syndicates from using their services.
“We had a number of cases where drugs and drug supplies were couriered or attempted to be couriered to syndicates. We must act now to prevent the problem from getting worse,” he said.
Comm Mohd Khalil said drugs worth RM2.7bil were seized last year.
“It was a significant increase compared to the RM394.23mil seized in 2018. The success was a result of the department’s relentless operations against drug syndicates,” he said.
A total of 175,095 people were arrested last year for drug-related offences, he added.
“Among those arrested were nine kingpins. We also busted 23 drug processing labs,” he said.
He added that 82 Malaysians were caught for being drug mules overseas last year.
“We managed to intercept 19 Malaysian drug mules before they could leave the country.
“Some knowingly did so but there were also those who were duped,” said Comm Mohd Khalil.
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