Fresh from contraband seizure, Melaka cops vow to step up anti-crime efforts during Ramadan


MELAKA: A senior Melaka police officer said crime-fighting efforts will be intensified during Ramadan and warned those involved in illegal activities not to think they can get away with anything.

Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Afzanizar Ahmad said surveillance and patrols will be stepped up to curb criminal activities, especially smuggling, drug abuse and illegal races.

“We will not let our guard down during Ramadan," he said on Monday (April 19), adding that police would also continue checking on Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) at bazaars and other public places.

ACP Afzanizar’s warning came after a syndicate dealing in illicit cigarettes and alcohol was busted with the arrest of 10 suspects, including a woman.

The syndicate members became active during Ramadan before police launched nine raids, mostly at stores in the Melaka Tengah district and Alor Gajah, between April 13 and 18.

Earlier, Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali said the contraband confiscated from the nine raids was worth a total of RM685,000.

He said four cars were also seized from the suspects, who are aged between 22 and 62.

DCP Abdul Majid said the suspects have been remanded until April 27 to help with investigations under Section 15(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967.

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