North Sumatran Police in Asahan District seize 34.7 kg of crystal meth
Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA) – Police in North Sumatra recovered 34.7 kg of crystal meth from a shore in the hamlet of Dusun II in the village of Sei Apung, Tanjungbalai sub-district, Asahan district, the September 8, said a police officer.
On the day the drug package was found, local cops attempted to apprehend a suspected drug dealer, identified as IR, 47, but he managed to escape arrest, the police chief of Deputy Asahan Sen. Coms. Putu Yudha Prawira remarked.
IR was arrested four days later near a golf course in the Bunut Barat neighborhood of Kota Kisaran Barat sub-district, Prawira noted in a statement quoted by ANTARA in Medan, the capital of Sumatra province in the North, Tuesday.
Currently, police are still looking for four other suspects, while IR has been charged with violating Articles 114 and 112 of Indonesia’s 2009 Anti-Narcotics Law, and if found guilty faces the penalty of death or life imprisonment.
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Asahan District remains vulnerable to drug trafficking. On August 28, 2021, local police arrested NT, 39, on the Kisaran-Air Joman section of the road in Karang Anyer village in Kisaran Timur sub-district.
Cops seized 28 kg of crystal methamphetamine from a resident of Sei Tualang Raso subdistrict, Tanjungbalai town, north Sumatra, in a raid on his home on August 27, 2021, but he was successful in s ‘escape.
NT told police investigators that he was working with two people in the drug smuggling operation while his role was to keep the drug package safe at home, according to Putu Yudha Prawira.
Indonesia remains under serious threat from drug traffickers, with dozens of its working-age population trapped in a vicious drug cycle.
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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which hit the country on March 2, 2020, drug lords continued to pose a serious threat to the country with rampant drug trafficking, even amid the health crisis.
Since his first term as head of government, President Joko Widodo has reminded the nation of the serious consequences of drug use on Indonesia.
Crystal users of methamphetamine, narcotics, marijuana and other types of addictive drugs come from different communities and from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
Citing the results of a survey conducted by BNN and the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI), Vice President Ma’ruf Amin said Indonesia has more than 3.4 million drug addicts.
The survey showed that around 180 out of 10,000 Indonesians, aged 15 to 64, were driven to drug addiction, he noted.
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