JOHOR BARU: Over 11,000 people have been arrested and more than two tonnes of drugs seized in the first 10 months of the year under the state’s war against drugs via Ops Tapis.
State police chief Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the operation was carried out at hotspot areas throughout Johor, such as fishing jetties, people’s housing projects, drug addicts’ hangouts and Felda areas from Jan 1.
“As on Wednesday, 23,973 individuals were inspected, out of whom 11,472 were later arrested, including 780 women,” he said, adding they were aged between 13 and 70.
He said the state police’s narcotics crime investigation department had taken aggressive action under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985.
Police, said Comm Kamarul Zaman, also seized various drugs including 62.2kg of heroin, 118.8kg of syabu, 114.7kg of ganja, 18.4kg of ketamine, 54,084 Erimin 5 pills, 3,974 yaba pills, 20,900 ecstasy pills, 35.1kg of ecstasy powder and others weighing over two tonnes worth RM12.4mil.
This amount of drugs, he added, could have fed the habit of some 1.4 million addicts, adding that properties totalling RM7mil were also confiscated from syndicates.