KUCHING, Aug 21: Six policemen in Sarawak were recently arrested for suspected drug abuse after their urine samples tested positive for methamphetamine.
Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Dev Kumar M. M. Sree confirmed the arrests which were made under ‘Ops Blue Devil’ conducted in every police contingent since Aug 13.
The first arrest involved a 29-year-old MPV staff in Kota Samarahan, while the second arrest was of a 38-year-old personnel attached to the Courts in Kuching on Aug 14.
On Aug 15, the police arrested two more: a 38-year-old attached to PGA Batu Kawa and a 40-year-old general duty officer in Sibu.
Another general duty officer, 39, from Limbang was arrested on Aug 16.
The latest arrest was of a 33-year-old traffic department personnel from Sibu on Aug 19.
According to Dev, all six were released on bail pending lab test results before they could be charged in court.
Meanwhile, according to Bernama, Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said more than 100 police officers across the nation had tested positive for various types of drugs.
A total of 3,438 policemen had undergone urine tests and he also indicated that drug abuse in the police force was at a critical and serious level.
Abdul Hamid added that the operation to trace errant personnel will continue to cleanse the force from corrupt elements and improve their integrity. — DayakDaily