Cops on drug clean-up ops at Felda schemes

TAMPIN: The police are conducting a special operation codenamed Ops Khas Felda against drug pushers and addicts in Felda schemes here.

Narcotics Crime Investigation Department deputy director Deputy Comm Zainudin Ahmad said the operation would be the first conducted by Bukit Aman with its state counterpart.

He said police would conduct similar exercises in settlements in other states to help eradicate the problem.

Bukit Aman, he said, was prepared to lend a hand to any state contingent if there were reports of drug-related activities in schemes under their jurisdiction.

“We also want Felda settlers to tip us off if they come across such activities.

“This is really important because apart from the traditional drugs like ganja and heroin, synthetic drugs such as syabu, methamphetamine, Erimin-5 and ketamine were also available in these schemes, ” he told reporters after the operation at the Felda 1,2, 3 and 4 schemes in Gemas near here.

In the exercise carried out early yesterday, 66 suspected pushers and addicts aged between 19 and 68 were detained. Of these, 16 were allegedly repeat offenders.

DCP Zainudin said although the drug-related problem in the land schemes was under control, such exercises were needed to “save the younger generation from the scourge”.

“If we get reports that such activities are rampant in a particular scheme, we will go in and help clean up the area.

“We need to send the message across that we will not tolerate such wrongdoings, what more with drug abuse and trafficking being the nation’s biggest enemy, ” he said, adding that such operations were also important as synthetic drugs were more addictive.

DCP Zainudin advised parents living in Felda schemes to closely monitor their children to ensure they remained free of drug abuse.

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