ALOR SETAR: A total of 25 local fishermen suspected to be drug addicts were arrested in an integrated operation by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Kuala Kedah waters on Wednesday (Oct 4) morning.
Kuala Kedah Maritime Zone director Noor Azreyanti Ishak said the suspects, aged between 20 and 50 years old, were arrested on their fishing boats and at the fishing pier.
The operation was aimed at curbing drug abuse among fishermen in the area and prevent maritime crimes, she said in a statement Wednesday.
All suspects who tested positive for methamphetamine were handed over to National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) for further action.
Noor Azreyanti stressed that Maritime Malaysia will not compromise on activities that violate the law in the country's waters.
The public is urged to cooperate by providing information on such activities to MERS 999 or the Kuala Kedah Maritime Operations Centre at 04-731 0579, she added. - Bernama