LABUAN: Sabah police contingent has arrested a total of 13, 914 people for various offences under the Drug Dangerous Act and Poison Act 1952 last year, compared to 10, 894 in 2017, an increase of 27.72 per cent.
For the drug seizure, its narcotics criminal investigation department has seized 201.9 kilogrammes of syabu, five kilogrammes of ganja, 411.69 grammes ketamime, 351 ecstacy pills and six kilogrammes of ‘daun ketum’.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said the department also arrested 71 drug traffickers under the Drug Dangerous Act (Special Prevention Measures) 1985, of whom have been imposed restriction order and detention at the mental rehabilitation center.
“Following the arrests, we have seized drug peddlers’ assets worth of RM14.8 million
under the Akta Perlucuthakan Harta 1988, of which RM5.4 million in 2018 and RM9.4 million in 2017.
“The seizures had successfully paralysed the drugs syndicate economy in Sabah,” he said at a press conference after launching the State-level Ops Sarang at the Labuan District Police headquarters here today.
Omar disclosed between January to Feb 21 this year, a total of 2,299 people were nabbed for various offences under the Drug Dangerous Act and Poison Act 1952, compared to 2,090, an increase of 10 per cent or 209 people.
“A total of 168 of them were arrested for drug trafficking and they were investigated under Section 39B, Section 39A (2) and 39A (1) of the Drug Dangerous Act 1952,” Omar said.
He said the seizure of syabu so far this year was the highest with 3.9 kilogrammes, followed by ‘daun ketum’ with six kilogrammes.
Omar said the Sabah police was aware the rampant abuse of ‘daun ketum’ in Sabah, which was originally from peninsula,based on intelligent report.
He said it is estimated at 60 percent of those involved in drug abuse and trafficking are locals and the remaining illegal immigrants and foreigners.
“We will leave no stone unturned to resolve this another drug issue, before it goes uncontrollably.
“We will continue to put drug menace as our top agenda as it has correlation with other criminal activities.
“To get rid of hot spots (drug dens), we need full commitment from the community at all level,” he said.
He said a directive to all district police chiefs had been issued to identify all ‘hot spots’ in their respective areas for the drug operation.
Meanwhile in the ‘Ops Sarang’ in Labuan, a total of 68 people were rounded up including a woman.
“Of the number, we arrested seven people, and opened investigation papers on drug offence under Section 39A (1), Section 12 (2) and Section 15 (1) (A) of the Drug Dangerous Act 1952, with 11.08 grammes of syabu seized,” he said.
Omar said a total of 631 policemen of different ranks, 17 personnel from National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK), 35 immigration personnel, four from National Registration Department (JPN) and two personnel from local authority were involved in the three-hour from 4am to 7am Ops Sarang in Labuan today.
He said the Sabah and Labuan police contingents have increased their capacity to especially at the entry points to address the inflow of the illicit drugs.