Illegal Sand Mining Syndicate Crippled In Bau; Five Detained

File photo of an illegal sand mining operation. On Monday, Sarawak police busted a syndicate in Bau.
File photo of an illegal sand mining operation. On Monday, Sarawak police busted a syndicate in Bau.

KUCHING – The General Operations Force (GOF) Monday crippled a syndicate believed to have been actively carrying out illegal sand mining at Padang Pan, Bau, near here for the past five months.

The raid dubbed as ‘Ops Libas’ which started at 5am, saw four local men and an Indonesian, aged between 25 and 51, arrested, while two excavators and three lorries worth RM821,800 were seized.

GOF 11th Battalion Commander Supt Soh Hock Seng said the raid was carried out after a two-week surveillance, adding that the syndicate was believed to have been receiving assistance from the locals.

Hock Seng said, all suspects and seized items had been handed over to the state Land and Survey Department for further investigations.

He added that traffic summons were also issued to three suspects for carrying loads and dangerous driving.