BUKIT KAYU HITAM: Police have foiled an attempt to smuggle 14 Myanmar people to a neighbouring country via the Malaysia-Thailand border.
Kubang Pasu police chief Superintendent Mohd Ismail Ibrahim said a suspected human trafficker, aged 26, was caught red-handed in a raid at a motel in Taman Teja here at 8.20pm on Wednesday.
He said the man was believed to have harboured the illegal immigrants, including three women, aged between 20 and 42.
Acting on a tip-off, Ismail said a team comprising officers from the state police Anti-Vice, Gaming and Secret Society Department and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Department went to the motel to check.
He said the man and the illegal immigrants were nabbed in two rooms of the motel.
"The man had checked-in the rooms for the illegal immigrants at about 6pm. He was planning to smuggle them across the border.
"All the illegal immigrants had arrived here on a bus from Kuala Lumpur and were on transit before going to Myanmar," he said when contacted.
Ismail said initial investigation revealed that the illegal immigrants had paid substantial fees to another Myanmar immigrant in Kuala Lumpur to smuggle them out from Malaysia.
He added that police had seized 25 cell phones, RM9,857 and 11,970 Baht during the raid.
Translated from Harian Metro