SIBU — Despite giving many advices in the past, some people are still not convinced of the folly in befriending certain people and unwittingly becoming involved in serious crime like becoming drug mules overseas.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Mortadza Nazarene hoped the latest case involving a 27-year-old employee of a private hospital, Beatrice Laus Johie, who was arrested on Sunday at the Melbourne Airport, Australia would be seen as another clarion call for all to be extremely careful.

Australian Customs and Border Protection team when checking her luggage discovered 1.5kg of heroin inside.

Speaking to the media after declaring open the RM10.3 million Sibu Central Police Station here today, he said young women should be very careful about befriending foreigners especially whom they had only got acquainted through social website.

“Be suspicious when you are asked to carry something even for your friend especially when going overseas.

“There is no such thing as a free holiday and people may want to take advantage of you,” he said.

Beatrice, a single mother with three young children, is from Kampung Seratau near Kuching.

Her father Laus Johie, 49, blamed her Nigerian boyfriend whom she knew through Facebook for her predicament.

Meanwhile, on another issue Mortadza said Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Bintulu would be considered hotspot places under the state police’s National Key Result Area (NKRA) target.

“There are a lot of development activities happening there. Bintulu is a heavy industry town while Sibu is located right in the centre of the state regional development corridor or Score (Sarawak Corridor of renewable Energy).

“We want to increase the police physical presence to further boost public confidence in carrying out their economic activities,” he said.

He urged his officers and men not to rest on their laurel but to continue to work hard to maintain or improve upon it so as to meet their Key Performance Indicator.