KLANG - The recent spate of gangland-style slayings was indeed a turf war for drugs distribution areas, said Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh.
He said that based on information received, most of the gangs linked to the slayings were involved in drug distribution.
"It is because of fighting for distribution areas, as well as acts of revenge," Comm Mohmad said at a press conference held to brief the media on Selangor's special Ops Cantas II crime eradication exercise.
"We have identified most of them and are waiting for the right time to apprehend them.
"Some have gone into hiding at the moment. We'll find them and get them soon."
To a question on whether firearms were easily obtainable by gangs and triads here, Comm Mohmad said they were easily available in the northern states.
"That's why we have taken the initiative to set up a border intelligence unit to help identify syndicates that are involved in the smuggling of firearms," he said.
On Ops Cantas II, Comm Mohmad said the exercise, held from Feb 20 to March 5, had brought down Selangor's crime index with a decrease of 18% in reported cases.
Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotic Group (Sting) deputy commander Senior Asst Comm Roslan Abdul Wahid said one of the main problems contributing to the rise of drug-related gangland activities was the large number of users and addicts in the country.
"There are thousands of them, and these gangs and secret societies have taken advantage of the situation and gone into manufacturing drugs," he added.
According to SAC Roslan, Sting was going all out to locate heroin bases and ports in order to identify the main players.
He said most of the kingpins were well-educated individuals, adding that ketamine had also found its way into the country.