KOTA KINABALU: Thirty-three people were nabbed yesterday in an integrated operation to flush out illegal immigrants from the state capital.
The eight-hour ‘Op Bersepadu PTI’ conducted raids on five squatter colonies, two rented houses and a construction site at the Inanam and Likas areas.
A total of 64 officers and personnel from various enforcement agencies conducted the operation, which began at 1.30am.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra said the team inspected 70 people and detained 34 of them, including children, when they failed produce identity and travel documents.
“We nabbed 26 Filipinos and seven Indonesians under the Immigration Act. We focussed on areas that could potentially (become) crime nests and drug trafficking (hotspots),” he said.
Police also arrested a local man under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 for drug abuse.
Chandra added that Kota Kinabalu City Hall enforcement personnel tore down two houses and marked several squatter homes for demolition in the operation.
All detainees were taken to the Kota Kinabalu Central Lockup for the next course of action, he said.