KUCHING: Arrests related to drug and substance abuse totalling 683 were made in June, Assistant Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis has revealed.
He said of the total, 77 cases involved distribution, 173 were possession of drugs and substances and 433 were individuals who tested positive for drugs.
Harden said the arrests were a result of 564 enforcement operations carried out by the Sarawak Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (JSJN), Customs Department and Sarawak National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK).
“The number shows an increase of 12.52 per cent compared to arrests in May 2021 with 607 arrests.
“Drugs and substances in compressed form totalling 23,301.42g or 23.3kg and 1,072 in pill form were seized by JSJN and the Customs Department, with an estimated value of RM514,000.”
He said this in a press conference to report on the progress of the One-Stop Committee (OSC) on Drugs and Substances Issues (MIDS) here on Wednesday (July 21), as reported by the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas).
For the period of June, 2,140 people underwent treatment and rehabilitation.
He said 114 people were undergoing rehabilitation in institutions at the Narcotics Addiction Rehabilitation Centre (Puspen) and another 2,026 in the community.
“Of the 2,026, 1,958 are People Under Supervision (OKP), one at the Cure and Care Service Centre, 11 at the One- Stop Centre for Addiction, and 57 at non-governmental organisation (NGOs) centre.”
Sarawak recorded a total of 4,259 arrests for drug and substance abuse activities since January 2021.
“Kuching District recorded the highest arrests in Sarawak at 1,157 people.
“This was followed by Bintulu (392); Sibu (329); Samarahan (325) and Miri (317).”