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19 arrested in drug raids at fishing jetties

ALOR STAR: "My father and brother took the drugs to go to the seas, and so did I," said a fisherman who was arrested during an anti-drug raid yesterday at the Kuala Kedah maritime zone.

The 29-year-old man also admitted that he had been arrested twice before by the National Anti-Drug Agency (NADA) for committing the same offense, with the preliminary test revealed that he had consumed methamphetamine.

"I wanted to quit, but I feel more energetic when taking it when I go out fishing," he said when met at the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) here.

In the operation which was jointly held by MMEA and NADA, took place at several jetties in Kuala Kedah believed to be drug dens.

During the raid, some were believed to have escaped but others were successfully arrested by the authorities.

Kuala Kedah Maritime Zone deputy director (Operations) Maritime Lieutenant Zool Hilmi Mohd Nadzir said 60 officers and personnel from MMEA and NADA were involved in the operation.

"Nineteen individuals were arrested and tested positive for methamphetamine.

"A Class B local fishing boat was also arrested for offenses under the Fisheries Act 1985.

"All those detained were the locals aged between 25 and 50.

"They were then handed over to NADA for further action," he said.

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