| Danial Norjidi |
FIVE foreign nationals were detained yesterday morning in an ope-ration conducted by 12 officers from the Department of Immigration and National Registration’s Law Enforcement Section.
Dubbed ‘Ops Cekup’, the operation was led by a Senior Immigration Officer and took place between 4.30am and 7.15am at three houses and a rented room in Sengkurong, Sungai Kianggeh and Berakas.
The five detainees – three of whom are female – were brought to the Law Enforcement Section for failing to produce valid immigration passes. Three special passes were issued to them, while their passports and identification cards have also been temporarily confiscated to help with investigations.
One of the detained female foreign nationals was also reportedly caught during an operation in November when she was found at a rented house in the Sg Kianggeh area after running away from her employer while still in possession of a working pass valid until July 28 this year.
This pass has since been revoked and she was ordered to leave the country by November 30, 2014.
However, she was found again du-ring yesterday’s operation, having failed to return to her country of origin by the set date.
According to a statement, the woman was caught yesterday with her boyfriend in his rented room, in which another male foreign national was also found.
A search also resulted in the latter being found in possession of one carton and five packs of cigarettes not bearing the Brunei health warning label. The cigarettes have been confiscated and the case will be referred to the Royal Customs and Excise Department.
The woman and her boyfriend were taken to the Law Enforcement Section for further investigation, while the other foreign national was issued a special pass for investigation.
During another raid on rented rooms in Sengkurong, three foreign nationals – one man and two women – were detained for failing to produce documentations showing a valid immigration pass.