998 arrests in January for drug-related offenses, up 31%

Fatimah presents a letter of appointment to Mohammad Razi as vice president of the CSO, as Zufar looks on.

KUCHING (February 24): A total of 998 arrests were made in Sarawak in January this year for drug offences, a 31% increase from the same month in 2021 with 760 arrests, the secretary said Executive of the Social Development Council, Dr. Zufar Yadi. Brendan Abdullah.

Kuching led all districts with 221 arrests, followed by Sibu (113), Bintulu (90), Miri (78) and Samarahan (60).

Zufar also said 568 crackdowns were carried out by the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department, Customs Department and the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) last month.

“A total of 998 people were arrested, including 114 involved in drug distribution, 220 for possession of drugs and substances and 664 for testing positive for drugs,” he told a conference. press release to the Ministry of Women, Children and Community Welfare Development. office at Baitulmakmur Building II, Petra Jaya yesterday.

He said around 1.01kg of illicit drugs worth RM544,000 were seized and it is possible that 10,164 uses were averted, while preventing 2,540 people from indulging in drug addiction. .

“The increase in the amount of illicit drugs seized shows that we do not want Sarawak to become a transit point for the distribution of drugs to neighboring countries.”

For the whole of last year, 5,741 law enforcement operations were carried out and 7,516 arrests were made.

A total of 684 of them were involved in drug distribution, 1,860 were arrested in possession of drugs and substances, and another 4,972 tested positive for drug addiction.

Kuching led with 2,005 arrests, followed by Miri (658), Sibu (614), Bintulu (600) and Samarahan (495).

Zufar said the number of arrests made in 2021 dropped by 34.31% from the 11,442 arrests made in 2020.

A total of 272.76 kg of drugs were seized last year, worth around RM21 million.

He said 2,034 people were in drug treatment in January this year, an increase of 2.52% from the December figure of 1,984.

He also said that One Stop Center for Addiction (OSCA) would be set up in seven new health clinics in Lawas, Betong, Subis, Dalat, Bau, Bintulu and Sibu districts.

Zufar added that 97 people involved in substance abuse received treatment at OSCA in 2021, and 14 people showed up for treatment at the center in the last month alone.

There are also seven Community Development and Intervention Centers (CDICs) in Kuching, Bau, Miri, Sibu, Limbang, Dalat and Subis.

The Minister for Women’s Development, Children and Community Welfare, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, meanwhile, urged law enforcement agencies not to work in silos.

She said a comprehensive and integrated action plan must be formulated to combat the threat of drugs.

“Our strategy this year is to be more aggressive in our awareness campaign to urge the public to stay away from drugs. This will be a targeted approach focusing on sensitive areas,” Fatimah said.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister for Women, Children and Community Welfare Development, Mohammad Razi Sitam, has been appointed Deputy Chairman of the state’s One Stop Committee (OSC) to combat drug addiction. and drug addiction.

Acting Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Mancha Ata and Head of Sarawak Narcotics Crime Investigation Department ACP Jasmirol Jamaluddin were among those present at the press conference.

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