KUALA LUMPUR: Police have effectively dismantled three organised crime groups involved in smuggling undocumented migrants into the country.
In a press conference on Tuesday (June 30) at Bukit Aman, Federal CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed (pic) said that a series of raids were conducted from June 4 to June 20.
“The gang leaders and its members have been caught and charged with migrant smuggling before but the gangs continued to exist. Their numbers grew as the days go by and their activities became more serious.
“The objective of these operations was to dismantle the Otong gang in Johor, Halim Gang in Perak and Husen Maungdaw Gang in Penang. A total of 111 suspects were arrested, aged between 28 and 68, ” he said.
He added that the cases were also being investigated for organised crime as well.
“This is the first time we had taken action on these migrant smuggling groups for organised crime. When they are charged later, there will be no bail.
Comm Huzir said that a team has also started investigations against the groups under the Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.
As of now, 50 people in Johor, 13 in Perak and 18 in Penang will be charged on July 2.
Police also arrested 24 enforcement officers during those operations.
“In Johor, we arrested 14 police officers and five Armed Forces officers. In Perak, three police officers were caught and in Penang we apprehended two Immigration Department officers.
“All are still being detained under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) for further investigations linked to migrant smuggling, ” he said.
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