IPOH: VVIPs have been suspected as being the masterminds behind more than five drug syndicates in the country, says Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
The Inspector-General of Police said that those funding the illicit trade would be caught, adding that it was only a matter of time before they have nowhere left to run.
“We have all the relevant data on them, but we still need to get a few more pieces of evidence that will connect them directly, which we will be getting," he said.
Abdul Hamid added that the Narcotic Crime Investigation Department (NCID) is conducting raids on a weekly basis and confiscating drugs.
"We have also successfully smashed one or two syndicates, ” he said when speaking to reporters after closing the Orang Asli constable's basic course at the General Operations Force headquarters here.
On Sunday (Feb 28), Abdul Hamid said that the NCID was in the process of taking action against drug lords who were found living in luxury by using their legitimate businesses as a cover for their illegal activities, thus making it difficult for the police to obtain information that could link them to drug-trafficking activities.
NCID director Comm Datuk Razarudin Husain had also said that three individuals with the titles of “Tan Sri” and “Datuk” have been suspected to be the masterminds of drug cartels and are hiding behind legitimate businesses such as shipping and transport companies and hotels.
Abdul Hamid also hoped that the Public Service Department (PSD) would heed his plea to enrol more police personnel.
He said the drug threat in the country was real, and that more than 100,000 addicts were not contributing anything to the country.
“I admit that some of my personnel and officers have also been arrested for being involved in drugs as well, but my promise is to continue to instil integrity in the force.
“So I need more personnel as I do not want to be remembered as an IGP who did nothing to combat drugs in the country," he said.