Over RM150m in assets confiscated from drug dealers nationwide

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SUBANG JAYA: The police have confiscated over RM150 million in assets from drug dealers nationwide since the implementation of the Dangerous Drugs (Forfeiture of Property) Act 1988, says Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said this today in response to Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi calling for the confiscation of assets belonging to drug dealers, which Khalid said was not a new demand.

“We have long confiscated and seized the assets of drug dealers. The Dangerous Drugs (Forfeiture of Property) Act targets assets obtained through illegal means,” Khalid explained to reporters today.

“We will increase our efforts to locate  assets that have been acquired by drug dealers nationwide with drug money. What the DPM said is (for us) to increase our efforts,” Khalid said.

He added, “We will ask the courts to liquidate these assets and the money will be used for prevention, treatment and enforcement.”

Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, had said in Parliament earlier today that the government was very concerned over the alarming number of students who tested positive for drugs based on a study conducted by the Education Ministry this year.

Of the more than 36,000 students tested, four per cent or 1,457 tested positive for drugs, Zahid said, adding that the highest number of students were from Kedah with 274 students with Kelantan (197) and Perak (180).