JOHOR BARU: The police have arrested more than 5,000 people, as well as seized some RM10mil in drugs and seized items since the start of the year.
Johor Police Chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said that between January 1 and April 26, the police have arrested some 5,705 individuals.
"We have also seized a total of 333.68kg of drugs, which are worth RM6.77mil, as well as some RM4.17mil in items seized," he said during a press conference on Monday (April 27).
Comm Ayob added that three raids have also been conducted in Kota Tinggi between April 23 and April 24, where a drug smuggling syndicate were taken down by the police and RM293,260 worth of drugs were seized.
He said that the first raid was conducted on April 23 in the Pengerang area of Kota Tinggi at about 5.05pm, where together with the marine police they managed to arrest three men aged 19 to 23.
"Some 4,444gm of methamphetamine were also seized during the arrest, along with a boat, a car and RM1,000 in cash," he said.
He added that two of the men were found to have previous criminal records, including drug related offences.
"The second raid was at Felda Bukit Aping was at 4.15am on April 24, where we have arrested five men and seven women, aged 17 to 47.
"We have also seized 753gm of methamphetamine, 192gm of heroin, and 175 Yaba pills, amounting to RM124,300 during the raid," he said, adding that other items seized included three vehicles which are a BMW, a Mercedes Benz, and a Kawasaki motorcycle, along with jewelry, luxury watches and RM61,969.00 in cash.
"All suspects from the first and second raid will be investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for possession, which carries the mandatory death sentence," he said.
Comm Ayob said that the last raid was conducted at 11.15am on April 24 at the Bayu Damai area, with the arrest of one 33-year-old woman who is suspected to be involved with the drug syndicate.
"The woman was also tested positive for methamphetamine, but did not have any previous criminal records," he said, adding that the case will be investigated under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, for consumption," he said.
Comm Ayob said that all three cases were related to the same mastermind, who was arrested in the second raid.
"The main suspect behind the syndicate is a 47-year-old man, commonly known as Datuk Ajim, who is well known in the area.
"His son, aged 18 and daughter aged 17, were also among those arrested," he said, adding that Datuk Ajim was responsible for the export of drugs to Indonesia.
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