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PASIR MAS, Feb 16 -- The Southeast Brigade, General Operations Force recorded 800 cases involving seized items such as drugs, contraband cigarettes, frozen meat and the likes worth RM60.7 million last year, especially under ‘Ops Benteng’.
Southeast Brigade Commander SAC Hasan Basri Ahmad Safar said the number showed a 52 per cent increase compared to only 526 cases in 2019 while the number of arrests involving cross-border crime was 696 last year.
"Cases under the Dangerous Drugs Act recorded the biggest seizure, namely RM19.8 million (111 cases) followed by confiscation of illegal cigarettes and such under the Customs Act totalling RM19.7 million and RM6.5 million under the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act (Maqis) involving plants and frozen meat.
In the operations carried out, the GOF 8th Battalion recorded the largest seizure valued at RM29.7 million followed by the 7th Battalion with a total seizure amounting to RM15.9 million and the 9th Battalion with up to RM15.1 million.
GOF 8th Battalion’s largest haul was the confiscation of 441 kilogrammes (kg) of drugs worth RM17.6 million near Rantau Panjang on Sept 3,” he told reporters after witnessing GOF9 commanding officer, Supt Nor Azizan Yusof handing over the border control tasks under ‘Ops Benteng’ to GOF8 commanding officer, Supt Muhamad Samsuddin at the GOF Tactical Headquarters in Lubok Setol here today.
Hasan Basri said, to fulfill the objectives of Ops Benteng, last year his team also managed to detain 137 foreigners comprising Thais, Cambodians, Myanmar nationals and others. At the same time 23 tekong were also arrested involving 15 from Malaysia, Thailand (2) and Cambodia (1).
“During the same period we detected 128 illegal bases along the banks of Sungai Golok and the most active base was the Abe Li Posmen base near Rantau Panjang which recorded 28 cases.