South Sumatra: BNN destroys more than 80 kg of drugs
Palembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA) – The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has destroyed approximately 10.6 kg of crystal methamphetamine, 70 kg of marijuana and 47,000 ecstasy pills that its agents in South Sumatra seized in six drug-addicted offenders in the last few months.
The seized drugs were burned and mixed with dish soap in the agency’s yard here on Thursday.
According to BNN-South Sumatra bureau chief Brigadier General Djoko Prihadi, his men confiscated drugs from six suspects who were arrested between January and March 2022.
At least 3.5kg of crystal meth was seized from two drug couriers who were apprehended by BNN officers at the Keramasan Pemulutan toll gate in Ogan Ilir district on February 22, he said.
In March, agents from the agency arrested two other drug smugglers in the Kenten district of the city of Palembang and seized about 7.1 kg of crystal meth from them, he added.
During an anti-drug operation in February, BNN officers discovered about a thousand cannabis plants on Mandi Angin Hill, Pendopo Barat Sub-district, Empat Lawang District, Sumatra Province from South.
The cannabis plants were grown in a one-hectare area inside a coffee plantation by several suspects who were arrested, he said.
“Together with our colleagues in other law enforcement agencies, we continue to crack down on drug abusers to prevent millions of teenagers in South Sumatra from becoming trapped in drug addiction,” he added.
Indonesia remains under serious threat from drug traffickers, as many of its working-age population have become trapped in a vicious cycle of drug addiction.
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According to a report by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), at least 50 Indonesians die daily from drug use in the country. However, this statistic failed to deter drug use in the country.
Users of crystal meth, narcotics, marijuana and other types of addictive drugs come from different communities and from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
In February 2021, for example, the West Java Police Internal Affairs Division (Propam) arrested 12 police officers for allegedly consuming narcotics.
Indonesia is seen by national and transnational drug traffickers as a potential market due to its large population and millions of drug addicts. It is estimated that the value of the drug trade in the country has reached nearly 66 trillion rupees.
In response to the smuggling of illicit drugs by drug lords over the past decades, the Indonesian government has continued to apply harsh punitive measures against them.
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