KOTA KINABALU: Police have detained 16 men suspected of being involved in offences under the Dangerous Drugs Act and Immigration Act in an operation yesterday.
Kota Kinabalu police chief ACP Habibi Majinji said the operation dubbed ‘Ops Sarang’ was carried out at Kampung Kandang Ayam, Inanam and Kampung Cenderamata 2 in Likas.
He said 13 individuals were nabbed for drug abuse while the other three had immigration-related offences.
All those detained were aged between 16 and 63 years, including 12 foreigners, he said in a statement, here today.
Habibi said the police also seized syabu weighing 7.73 grammes valued at about RM800.
Also present in the operation was Deputy Home Minister and Sepanggar MP, Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman.
In SEMPORNA, Marine Police (PPM) here thwarted a man’s attempt to smuggle 2,000 packets of cigarettes from the Philippines meant for the local market when they arrested him in the waters off Tongkaloh, near here, yesterday.
Sabah Region 4 Marine Police commander, ACP Mohammad Pajeri Ali, said the 29-year-old Filipino man was arrested at 10am when a PPM patrol boat detected a boat operated by the suspect.
“Upon checking the vessel, we found four brown boxes with 2,000 packets of Astro Menthol King cigarettes for which duty have not been paid.