IGP Abdul Hamid Bador said action had been taken against police personnel accepting bribes to protect and cover up the activities of drug lords. (Bernama pic)

JELI: Police have identified several key masterminds of drug trafficking syndicates in the country who are hiding behind their Tan Sri, Datuk Seri and Datuk titles, said Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

He said the Narcotics Department at Bukit Aman was in the process of taking action against the drug lords, who are living in luxury by using their legitimate businesses as a cover for their illegal activities.

This, he said, was making it difficult for the police to obtain information that could link them to drug trafficking activities.

“But I will make sure that these people will be put behind bars.

“Although I know they are (with the titles of) Datuk, Datuk Seri or Tan Sri, we will expose their irresponsible acts and bring them to justice, or at least place them under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959,” he said after visiting the construction site of the Jeli district police headquarters near here.

Hamid said they should be exposed and punished for having destroyed the lives of thousands of people who have become drug addicts.

“Many have also been imprisoned and a number of police personnel have been penalised for accepting bribes to protect and cover up the activities of these drug lords.”

He gave an assurance that police would conduct thorough investigations in cases involving drug trafficking syndicates so that their whole network could be destroyed.

Commenting on the arrest of six policemen, including a senior officer, who were part of a wild drug party in Ipoh recently, Hamid said they would not be protected.

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“I have instructed for further investigations to be conducted so that they will not escape the law and will be punished,” he said.



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