LAST_UPDATESun, 20 May 2018 4pm

Police Nab 80 Indonesia-Bound Illegal Foreigners At Transit House

TELUK INTAN, May 19 - Police yesterday detained 80 illegal foreigners at a transit house in Bagan Sungai Belukang, Bagan Datuk before they could flee the country to celebrate the upcoming fasting month of Ramadan with their respective families in Indonesia.

Hilir Perak district police chief ACP Wan Hassan Wan Ahmad said the foreigners, aged between 20 and 71, were picked up at 7.30pm during a three-day special integrated operations which ended today.

"All of them were believed to have spent the night at the house as a transit point before continuing their journey by boat to Dumai, Indonesia.

"In fact, (initial) investigation revealed the visas for 39 of them had expired while the remaining 41 people did not have any identification document," he told a press conference here today.

Wan Hassan said the illegal foreigners were found to have been working in the Klang Valley and other states.

They were believed to have paid between RM600 and RM800 each to an Indonesian agent for the journey, he said.

All of them were being remanded for 14 days beginning today to facilitate investigations under Sections 15(1)(c) and 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1956/63.

Meanwhile, Wan Hassan said police also detained 87 people in the operations for various offences and seized drugs with a total value of RM6,743.

"Among the drugs were heroin weighing 38.20gm, methamphetamine (21.01gm), ganja (5.43gm), ketum juice (60.45 litres), ketum leaves (19.5kg) and two pills of domicon.

"In addition, we have also arrested a 25-year-old Myanmar man in Hutan Melintang and seized heroin weighing 18.70gm," he said.

A total of 142 officers and members from the Bukit Aman (federal police) Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (Sting), Kampung Acheh Marine Operations Force and the National Anti-Drug Agency involved in the operations.