PETALING JAYA – The police had arrested one of its member who was suspected to be involved with human trafficking of foreigners into the country and seized an Indonesian wedding registration book from him.
The Petaling Jaya District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said, the police received report on the detention of a car driven in a suspicious way at Kampung Lindungan, Petaling Jaya last night.
“Early inspection found that the driver of the vehicle was a 34-year-old policeman (suspect) and there were five foreigners passengers including three women aged between 31 and 48 years old in the car with him.
“Investigation on all the foreigners found that none of them had valid travel documents in the country,” he said in a news conference at the Petaling Jaya District Police Headquarters today.
According to Nik Ezanee, with the arrest of the suspect (policeman) a raid was made on a house in Kampung Lindungan at 6.30 am this morning and found three other foreigners aged between 25 and 50 years old.
“Inspection on all three foreigners also found that they did not own any valid travel documentation. We successfully arrested the policeman suspect and all eight undocumented foreigners over the offence of involvement in migrant smuggling.
“In the same raid, the police had seized a mobile patrol vehicle (MPV) used by the suspect to smuggle the migrants, a police vest, a wedding registration book of the Indonesia Ministry of Religious Affairs (belonged to the driver), a mobile phone and a payment record book.
“An early screening conducted on the policeman (suspect) found that he was positive of methamphetamine and the case was investigated under Section 15(1)(A) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952,” he said.
He also said that all suspects were brought to the Petaling Jaya court for remand order to assist into the investigation.
“The case was investigated under Section 26A of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) over the offences on the smuggling of migrants which provides a maximum of 15 years in prison and could also be fined or both upon conviction,” he added. –MalaysiaGazette