11,200 drug dealers held in Malaysia

11,200 drug dealers held in Malaysia
Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim (centre) showing the drugs seized during recent busts in Bukit Aman. Pic by Mim Fadlizal Rozaiman.

KUALA LUMPUR - POLICE arrested 11,235 suspected drug dealers in a series of "supply cut-off" operations from January until last month.

The Narcotics Department also seized RM311.2 million (S$121 million) worth of drugs and arrested 133,314 drug abusers nationwide.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Department director Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the operation saw an increase in the amount of assets seized from suspected dealers.

"As of last month, RM81.7 million worth of assets belonging to drug dealers were seized.

"This is a 66 per cent increase compared with the same period last year, which was RM49.29m.

"Police also seized 7.32 tonnes of drugs, 42,273 litres of liquid methamphetamine and 691,818 pil kuda (methamphetamine)," he said in Bukit Aman yesterday.

On the department's latest operations, Noor Rashid said they had foiled several attempts by syndicates to smuggle in methamphetamine in the past week.

They arrested five women and three men, including three drug mules, and seized RM1.8 million worth of the drugs in operations conducted on Friday and Monday.

On Friday, police arrested two female drug mules, a China national and a Filipino, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport's Low Cost Carrier Terminal.

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