JOHOR BARU: Johor police have arrested 9,506 individuals, including syndicate members, for various drug offences including possessing and supplying within the first nine months of this year with 70% of them already charged in court.
State police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the police were always committed and aggressive in carrying out operations to stop drug smuggling and trafficking syndicates throughout the country, in particular within Johor.
“We have recorded many successes with the arrests of syndicate members together with drug seizures and confiscating tools used in processing the illegal substances,” he said in a press conference held at the state police headquarters here Monday (Sept 20).
Comm Ayob said last year alone, police arrested 18,837 individuals with 8,390 of them for possession and 8,916 individuals for trafficking, including 15 syndicate members, which is the most drug-related arrests made by a police contingent in the country.
“In 2020, state police, through our narcotics department, successfully disposed of 877.4kg and 251.63l of various drugs worth RM14.6mil involving 3,844 cases that have been solved and 51% of those arrested have been charged in court.
“Between January and Sept 13 this year, state police have arrested 9,506 suspects for various drug offences, including 5,016 of them for possession. Some 16 syndicates have also been busted and 70% of those caught have been charged in court,” he added.
He also said that within the same period, some 10.9 tonnes of various drugs valued at RM352mil had been seized.
Comm Ayob added that state police would also be disposing some 1.7 tonnes and 3,717l of drugs worth RM28.9mil.
He said the drugs were involved in narcotics cases that have been solved between 2000 and 2020.
“The drugs that will be disposed include heroin (191.3kg), cannabis (84.73kg), ketamin (24.5kg), methamphetamine (92.3kg) and methylenedioxy methamphetamine (48.3kg),”he said, adding that all of the drugs would be sent to the Kualiti Alam centre at Bukit Pelandok in Negri Sembilan to be disposed off.