Dirty cops placed loy­al­ists in dept

New Straits Times - - Front Page - RE­PORT BY HARIZ MOHD AND FARAH SUHAIDAH OTH­MAN

A num­ber of the 16 po­lice­men ar­rested for col­lud­ing with drug syn­di­cates had planted 'their men' in strate­gic po­si­tions in the Nar­cotics Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment. Of­fi­cers not on the same page were trans­ferred out.

KUALA LUMPUR: Po­lice be­lieved they have crip­pled a co­caine syn­di­cate with the ar­rest of a lo­cal man last Fri­day.

Spe­cial Tac­ti­cal In­tel­li­gence Nar­cotics Group (STING) deputy com­man­der Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Ar­ju­naidi Mo­hamed said po­lice seized 3.8kg of the drugs worth more than RM1 mil­lion from the 22-year-old labourer at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KLIA), the first co­caine seizure this year.

He said the man, who ar­rived from Africa, wanted to smug­gle the drugs to a neigh­bour­ing coun­try, but failed when the po­lice ar­rested him upon his ar­rival at the air­port.

“The po­lice found the drugs wrapped in choco­late wrap­pers in­side choco­late tins. It was a tac­tic to de­ceive the au­thor­i­ties.

“The drugs are not for sale in Malaysia, but to be smug­gled to a neigh­bour­ing coun­try.

“Malaysia is the tran­sit point for the drug traf­fick­ing syn­di­cate.

“We be­lieve the man is one of the drug mules for this in­ter­na­tional drug syn­di­cate.

“It (co­caine) can be used for an es­ti­mated 19,000 ad­dicts,” said Ar­ju­naidi at the Fed­eral Po­lice Head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

The man, he said, was re­manded for seven days and the case was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 39 (b) of the Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act 1952, with the pun­ish­ment of death penalty upon con­vic­tion.

He said po­lice had con­fis­cated 9.3kg co­caine in 2015 and 6.7kg last year.

How­ever, de­mand for the drug was not pop­u­lar in the coun­try, he said.

Ar­ju­naidi said the po­lice would work with drug en­force­ment agen­cies world­wide to wipe out the drug syn­di­cates in the coun­try.

PIC BY SAIRIEN NAFIS

The co­caine seized at KLIA last Fri­day.

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