KEPALA BATAS (Bernama) – A drug addict jumped into a river in Kuala Muda in a bid to escape the police during a narcotics operation yesterday.
Penang Narcotic Crime Investigation Department (JSJN) Supt Guan Beng Kang said the man did so as soon as he realised the presence of the police in the bush near the river where he and several other drug addicts were getting their fix.
“However, he almost drowned because he didn’t know how to swim and the marine police squad had to rescue him. He was then taken to Seberang Perai Utara police headquarters for further investigation.
“In the 4am operation, we were prepared with two marine police boats to face any possibilities,” he told a press conference after the integrated anti-drug addict and trafficking operation, dubbed Ops Mutiara.
The operation was mounted by 96 officers and policemen from Penang JSJN, Bukit Aman JSJN, Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting) and the National Anti-Drug Agency.
Guan said during the operation which ended at 11am, 83 men, including three from Thailand and Pakistan, were arrested and tested positive for drugs.
All of them, aged between 20 and 60, were picked up at four drug addicts’ hotspots, namely in Kuala Muda, Pinang Tunggal, Bakau Tua and Kuala Bekah.
“Police had been monitoring the bush, forest, swamp and riverbank areas, which were famous gathering spots for drug addicts, over the past few days before surrounding the area for the operation,” he said.
He said police had also identified several other locations being frequented by drug addicts in Penang and would continue carrying out such an operation from time to time to combat the activity.