KUALA LUMPUR: Police here have conducted nearly 600 raids on nightclubs in the city since 2019 over suspected drug distribution.
City police chief Comm Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim said a total of 599 raids were conducted and 2,148 arrests from 2019 up to June.
"In 2019, we conducted 295 raids, arrested 1,268 people and seized 272.6g of drugs.
"The following year, we conducted 187 raids which led to 527 arrests and the seizure of 514.96g of drugs.
"We also conducted 51 raids last year which led to 190 arrests and the seizure of 199.26g of drugs," he told reporters on Tuesday (June 28).
He said so far this year, police had conducted 55 raids and arrested 160 people.
"We also seized 5.13kg of drugs this year.
"Our data shows that during this period, 15 nightclubs where drug activities were found have closed," he said.
Comm Azmi said this showed that the City Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) was continuously taking action to ensure that nightclubs were not used as drug dens.
"We will redouble our efforts in order to prevent such activities from corrupting our youth.
"Those with information on such activities can call the City Police hotline at 03-2115 9999," he said.
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It was reported that a list of nightclubs and entertainment outlets that allegedly dealt with drugs would be handed over to Bukit Aman.
Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said he had contacted Bukit Aman NCID director Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay about the matter.
The list has around 15 names of clubs in and around the Klang Valley, as well as the names of the owners and management.
Musa said drug users nowadays included working professionals and stronger enforcement was needed to curb the issue.
He also urged the authorities to go after those who bribed unscrupulous policemen to aid their activities.