Armed Forces arrest 45 illegal immigrants off Mersing

MERSING: The Armed Forces arrested 45 illegal Indonesian immigrants on Monday (Nov 15) during Ops Benteng within the areas under the jurisdiction of the Seventh Infantry Brigade.

This comes after the officers-in-charge of the Observer Post had detected suspicious sounds coming from a boat in the waters off northern Tenggaroh here.

“The Quick Reaction Force (QRF) Team was deployed to the scene and the illegal immigrants were detained at around 1.30am,’’ it said in a statement.

It said that of the 39, 26 of them had just arrived while the other 13 were waiting to leave the country on a waiting boat.

Another six illegal immigrants were caught at 8.45am while hiding in an oil palm plantation in Tenggaroh Timur, not far from the spot where the 26 had landed earlier.

The suspects – nine females and 36 males between the ages of 19 and 45 - were brought to the Tanjung Sepang tactical headquarters for Covid-19 tests.

“Two of them tested positive and have been handed over to the Health Ministry for further action,'' it said.

The team also seized RM10,000, eight mobile phones and jewellery.

A police report was lodged at Bayu Damai police station in Pengerang, Kota Tinggi and the suspects would be handed over to the Immigration Department in Setia.

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