Over 100 cops tested positive for drugs in a week, says IGP

Syabu appears to be the drug of choice for 86 policemen who tested positive in Ops Blue Devil. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 100 police officers have tested positive for drugs in an operation conducted in every police contingent since Aug 13, says Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

He said he was shocked by the number of policemen whose urine tests in Ops Blue Devil were positive for various drugs particularly syabu.

He said this indicates that drug abuse in the police force is at a critical level.

Of the 100 addicts traced in the operation between Aug 13 and yesterday, 86 tested positive for syabu, six for amphetamines and opiates, two for cannabis (ganja) and one for ketamine.

“If PDRM personnel who are given the responsibility and trust to enforce the law are themselves involved in such activities, what is going to happen to the country?” Hamid told Bernama News Channel here yesterday.

Comparing this to the previous incidence of drug abuse within the police force in Latin America, Hamid said a thorough drug eradication effort must be undertaken in Malaysia.

He added that the operation to trace errant personnel would continue, with instructions already given to Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd to this effect.

He said the personnel involved in drug abuse were also suspected of committing extortion and bribery, with foreign workers as their victims.

“They are my targets (personnel involved in drugs), apart from certain groups in units within PDRM… there is evidence that this is what is actually happening,” he said, adding that drug addiction costs a lot of money.

Given the low salaries of policemen, he said, they were bound to look for illegal sources of money.

He said the operation is also being used to facilitate sting operations on drug-producing laboratories, drug traffickers and addicts.

When contacted, Khalil said a total of 3,438 policemen had undergone urine tests as a result of Ops Blue Devil.

He said the officers who tested positive would face legal charges just like members of the public, which would entail going through police investigations, followed by court action.