12 human trafficking syndicate masterminds rounded up

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PASIR MAS: Twelve men suspected to have masterminded several human trafficking syndicates have been arrested by the police under Ops Cantas Khas 2 in Pasir Mas here.

Initial investigations revealed the suspects, in their 30s and 40s, were believed to have smuggled a number of illegal immigrants, the majority being Myanmars and Thais, via the Malaysia-Thailand border before sending them to the Klang Valley.

Kelantan police chief Ab Rahman Ismail said the suspected masterminds were nabbed in several raids on premises and roadblocks from Aug 6 to 9.

Speaking to reporters today, he said the suspects had been remanded to facilitate investigations.

“Although the original aim of ‘Ops Cantas Khas 2’ was to counter gangsterism, this operation also saw the arrest of individuals suspected of committing other crimes,” he added.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also home minister, launched Ops Cantas Khas 2 on July 28.