Narcotics still ‘flowing’ in, says AADK chief

PASIR MAS: The price of drugs that remains relatively unchanged shows that drugs are still “flowing” in despite the police and armed forces conducting many drug seizures, says National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah.

For example, a methamphetamine pill still costs RM10, which has not changed since several years ago. Furthermore, it cannot be determined if the drug is a part of existing stockpiles or had just been smuggled in.

“Drug trafficking has caused east coast states such as Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang to be flooded with drugs.

“It cannot be denied that the effort by security forces is exemplary with a series of seizures but drugs are still being successfully smuggled in, ” he told reporters after launching an anti-drug billboard, a collaborative effort between the agency and the Beijing Mosque in Rantau Panjang yesterday.

Also present were imam of the mosque Muhammad Ziad Rahman and Kelantan police chief Deputy Comm Shafien Mamat.

Social deviant behaviour among teens often led to drug addiction, he added.

“No less than 30% of teens are involved in drugs and then ‘graduate’ to petty crimes.

“They might have gotten some allowance from their families previously but sooner or later they resort to theft such as robbing mosque donation boxes, snatch theft or whatever petty crime that can support their drug addiction, ” he said.

He said a new plan that includes border areas is being developed as they have become drug entry points.

Zulkifli said the agency’s enforcement actions were successful but would be better with public awareness campaigns.

As such, he said, inter-agency collaboration was very important to improve efforts to create public awareness. — Bernama

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