By Jacob Achoi
SERIAN, Oct 28: Ten locals tested positive for methamphetamine and syabu during a joint operation carried out here today.
They tested positive after undergoing urine tests during a joint operation (Ops Gerak) carried out by the Department of Environment (DoE), National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK), Royal Malaysia Police, Road Transport Department (JPJ), Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) and Puspakom Sdn Bhd (Puspakom), held at JPJ Weighing Station, along Jalan Kuching-Serian.
According to state DoE director, Hamzah Mohamah, all the suspects were handed over to AADK for further action.
“During the operation today from 9am until noon, 62 persons were hauled for urine tests following which ten tested positive for methamphetamine and syabu,” Hamzah told reporters when met after the operation today.
Hamzah also said that 93 vehicles were inspected for smoke emissions, with six later issued compounds after they were found to exceed the permitted limit of 50 Hartridge Smoke Unit (HSU).
He pointed out that such operations would continue to check diesel vehicles so as to protect the environment and public health.
“For this year, we have carried out 15 such operations and issued 41 compounds with a total collection of more than RM70,000,” he said.
Each compound is not more than RM2,000, he said, adding that vehicle owners are given a grace period of one month to settle them.
“For defaulting on paying the compound within the stipulated period, vehicle owners will be brought to court and if found guilty, are liable to a fine not exceeding RM100,000 and imprisonment of not less than five years or both,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, concerning JPJ, Hamzah said 253 vehicles were inspected and 21 compounds issued for various offences including expired road tax and driving without a license.
The joint operation was carried out by 59 officers from the six participating agencies. — DayakDaily