'Op Vulture' nets 31 Ah Long syndicate members in six states

HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN


KUALA LUMPUR: In the latest crackdown against Ah Long operations, police arrested 31 members of a syndicate in raids across several states, yesterday.

Federal police Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said police conducted simultaneous raids in six states under the operation, codenamed ‘Op Vulture 3/17’.

“The operation was carried out in Selangor, Johor, Penang, Kedah, Malacca and Negri Sembilan.

“A total of 31 syndicate members were detained, comprising 27 men and four women, aged between 23 and 40,” Acryl said, adding that the 31 are members of the same syndicate which operates nationwide.

Most of those detained functioned as debt collectors in their respective states.

The raiding team also seized 16 vehicles, 17 cell phones, jewellery, ATM cards of loan borrowers, laptops and RM25,850 in cash in the operation.

In addition, police sealed two houses owned by syndicate members, in Nilai, Negri Sembilan.

The case is being investigated under the Moneylenders Act 1952 and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.