KUALA LUMPUR: Police seized nearly RM200 million in drugs as of December 21 this year, dealing a severe blow to drug traffickers.
The staggering amount comprised of traditional and synthetic drugs worth a total of RM192.03 million.
Police also made 163,931 drug-related arrests, with 95 percent of them locals numbering 155,876 while 8,055 are foreigners.
The number consisted of 24,045 arrested for supplying drugs, 57,284 for drugs possession and 82,602 for testing positive for drug use.
From the total number of arrests, 1,232 fall under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
The statistics were released on Friday by the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (JSJN).
JSJN said the synthetics drugs seized are 1,190.67kg of crystal meth or syabu; 377.04 kg of ketamine; 261,717 ecstasy pills; 903,573 'yaba' pill (amphetamines); and 2,741,310 Eramin-5 pills.
Traditional drugs seized comprised 1,848.71kg of ganja (cannabis) and 435.59kg of heroin.
RM111.55 million worth of property were also seized, with RM12.14 million worth of properties confiscated.
Federal police Narcotic Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said the full statistics for 2017 would be announced in January next year.
He attributed the success to police's commitment to disrupting individuals involved in the drug trade.
"The war on drugs is becoming more challenging by the day as evident from increasing drugs seizure and the busting of drug-processing laboratories," he told a press conference at the Sentul district police headquarters today.