IPOH — June 22, 2020: Eleven individuals, including three policemen, were arrested recently in Perak for alleged involvement in a migrant smuggling syndicate.
The three are from the Hutan Melintang police station. Also arrested during Ops Benteng Lintang launched on April 4 were two Indonesian women.
A few days ago 13 policemen and five soldiers were arrested in Jhor for the same reason.
Police seized a C class boat, a speedboat, two cars, two mobile phones, said Perak police chief Datuk Razarudin Husain in a statement today.
Initial investigation showed that the group’s activities focused on a non-gazetted route in Hutan Melintang.
The group was active back in 2014 but its operations were checked the following year but was back in business since last year after nine members were released from detention.
Razarudin said syndicate networks involved various agents to smuggle these migrants.
The 11 are currently remanded for 28 days. Police are looking for three Indonesians who live in Teluk Intan and Shah Alam in relation to the case.