KUALA LUMPUR - Police are planning to form a new unit to curb drug smuggling activities involving international and local drug trafficking syndicates at the Malaysia-Thai border.
The proposed unit called the Narcotic Border Suppression Unit (NBSU) would increase surveillance on drug trafficking activities at the border area, said Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department deputy director 2 Deputy Comm Datuk Awang Sahari E. M. Nadzeer.
"We have prepared and submitted the proposal on the formation of the unit to the Home Ministry.
"The unit will have about 100 personnel and will be headed by an officer with the rank of assistant commissioner," he said.
DCP Awang Sahari said the new unit would concentrate on the three main areas of the border namely Padang Besar, Bukit Kayu Hitam and Rantau Panjang as well as several areas along nearby Sungai Golok.
"The NBSU will focus on surveillance and gathering information, which differs from the (Bukit Aman) Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting) that carries out operations for enforcement," DCP Awang Sahari added.
He said the drug trafficking and drug abuse problem was not only happening in Malaysia, but all over the world due to current technological developments.
He added that the department was also looking into drug-related crimes involving triads, gangs and secret societies seriously.
"We find that there were several violent incidents involving triads that were connected to drug distribution. We will work with the Crime Investigation Department to curb these activities," he said, adding that one of them was the nationwide Ops Sarang.
"Ops Sarang focuses in areas where many addicts gather for their drug activities such as oil palm estates."
A total of 174,427 people were arrested for various drug related offences last year compared to 175,198 on 2013.
DCP Awang Sahari said drugs worth RM238mil (S$89.6mil) was seized last year compared RM402mil the previous year.