75 nabbed in Terengganu's anti-drug swoop

Zarina Abdullah

BESUT: Terengganu police rounded up 75 people during Op Tapis last week to weed out drug problems in the district.

District police chief Superintendent Mohd Zamri Mohd Rowi said in the April 14 operation, the suspects were picked up separately in Kampung Raja, Kuala Besut, Jerteh and Pasir Akar.

He said 28 policemen from the district and 38 members from Bukit Aman, took part in the operation.

"43 men were involved in Section 3(1) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952, one under Section 15(1) of the same Act, two under Section 12(2) of the Act and two more under Section 39A(1) of the Act," he said today.

Zamri said the rest of those detained were booked for other drug related offences.

He said the team also seized 123 stimulant pills, a packet of cannabis, 27 Eramine5 pills, three tubes of heroin, a plastic packet of syabu and RM2,843 in cash.

In an unrelated incident, Zamri said police were tracking down a man, aged between 20 and 30, who was believed to have stolen a motorcycle belonging to a 50-year-old security guard at a mosque here yesterday.

He said the guard had stopped at Masjid Hadhari to perform the Asar prayers but found his Honda EX5 missing about 30 minutes later.

Footage from the mosque's closed-circuit television showed the man coming out of a blue Perodua Kelisa and approached the motorcycle. He then sped off with the machine with the Kelisa tailing closely.

"We are tracking down them down to assist the investigation and hope that anyone with information on the incident should contact us." he added.