By Lee Shi-Ian
KAJANG: A syndicate selling forged passports to Indonesians was crippled following the arrest of a man on Thursday.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner Sakaruddin Che Mood said rubber stamps belonging to the Immigration Department and the Home Ministry were found during a raid.
Policemen on crime prevention rounds in Taman Taming Jaya spotted a man behaving suspiciously about 2.30pm.
"The man suddenly threw a bag onto the roadside and ran off when the policemen approached him. But he was arrested after a short chase and detained after police found 19 Indonesian passports inside the bag."
The passports were later found to be forged as the entry stamps looked suspicious.
Shortly afterwards, the man led police to a double-storey house in Taman Taming Jaya where printers and scanners believed to have been used to produce the fake passports, were found.
"Inside the house, police found two Immigration Department rubber stamps and one from the Home Ministry," said Sakaruddin.
"Initial investigations indicated that the passports were sold for between RM500 and RM800 each."
The suspect, 35, had been remanded for two weeks.