Enforcers from the Southern Region arrested a dozen Indonesian nationals on suspicion of attempting to enter or exit the country illegally in two separate raids near Tanjung Lompat here.
The raids were conducted based in intelligence gathering at “hotspots” in Johor’s east coast.
Southern Region (Region Two) marine police commander Assistant Commissioner Paul Khiu Khon Chiang said a team of eight policemen carried out the raids at about 11.30pm yesterday.
“The raiding team first detected four men hiding in a nearby secondary jungle and upon being nabbed, the suspects were believed to have been waiting for a speed boat to pick them up and send them back to Indonesia.
“About half an hour later, the team found another four men and four women also hiding nearby after just arriving from the country,” he said in a statement here today.
All the suspects, in their 30s to 60s, were detained under the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Amendment 2002) for failing to possess valid travel documents, overstaying and attempting to enter or exit the country through an illegal route.