The suspects, aged between 23 and 54, were arrested under Section 130 of the Penal Code for their involvement in organised crime and assisting organised groups. NST FILE PIC

GEORGE TOWN: Police arrested 18 men, believed to be linked to secret societies in the state, on Oct 30 and 31.

Penang Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Zainol Samah said the arrests were made following a special operation codenamed 'Ops Cantas Jenayah Terancang' launched in July.

The suspects, aged between 23 and 54, were arrested under Section 130 of the Penal Code for their involvement in organised crime and assisting organised groups.

"Among the activities they are involved in are murder, robbery, extortion and drug-related offences. They have been remanded for 28 days under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012," he said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, police are also looking for K. Dinedkumar, 21; G. Guhentiran, 23; M. Nithiyathan, 24; T. Kalaichevan, 28; M. Partiben, 29; S. Surentheren, 30; Mohd Firdaus Mohd Abdul Rahim, 33; T. Sangaran, 35; and A. Guganesh, 36, to assist in their investigation.

In a separate development, Zainol said a 42-year-old Indonesian man was arrested in connection with a robbery at Changkat Sungai Ara in Bayan Lepas on Nov 4.

He said police received a call about four men who broke into a house there about 3am.

Police nabbed the suspect when they arrived at the scene while his three accomplices escaped.

"We confiscated items used to break into houses such as face mask and screwdriver. We also seized cash from him.

"The suspect is believed to be involved in 10 cases -- six in the southwest district and four in northeast district," he said.

Zainol said the suspect would usually carry out a survey on top of the hill to look for houses to break into and would hide in the jungle before committing the offences with his accomplices.

The suspect had a previous record for robbery in Johor between 1990 and 2006 and was convicted.

He had entered the country through Stulang Laut and Pasir Gudang in Johor with valid travel documents.

The case was being investigated under Section 395 and 397 of the Penal Code for armed robbery.

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