The Indonesian National Police (Polri) will enforce the law in early 2023 by arresting 10 suspects in the Malaysian-Indonesian drug network who smuggled 50 kg of methamphetamine weighing 50 kg from the neighboring country to Aceh waters.
Head of the Public Information Bureau (Karopenmas) Public Relations Division of the National Police Brigadier General Ahmad Ramadhan, in Jakarta, Tuesday, January 10 2023, said that this disclosure was a collaboration between the Directorate of Narcotics Crime Bareskrim Polri and the Directorate General of Customs and Excise.
“Starting from the information received by the Aceh Regional Police at the end of December, after tracing the ranks of the National Police in coordination with Customs and Excise in early January, several perpetrators were arrested,” said Ramadhan.
He said the perpetrators who were arrested had different roles, some were couriers, providers, regulators and the owners of the goods were known to be Malaysian citizens.
Investigators do not yet know who ordered the prohibited items, but two of the 10 suspects are death row convicts who control drug trafficking from within the penitentiary.
“That’s right (the convicts were involved), so there are two things that we revealed in collaboration with the Directorate General of PAS on behalf of Zulkifli, the drug case was sentenced to death,” said Deputy Director of Drug Crimes Kombes Pol Jayadi.
The suspects who were arrested, namely three people acting as land couriers (Irwan, Aidil, Edy). Three people acted as lau or tekong pickers (Bukhari, M Jaiz, and Sabran). Then one person as tekong and ship seekers, named Usman.
The next suspect, one person as a land transporter or courier named Rizal. Then two people as controllers, each of whom is an inmates on behalf of Zulkifli and Hery Setiawan. One person with the initials Mr X, a Malaysian citizen, is on the wanted list (DPO).
The modus operandi used by the suspects was to smuggle narcotics from Malaysia through the waters of Aceh and North Sumatra by using courier services to send them to customers.
The suspects were charged with Article 114 paragraph (2) in conjunction with Article 132 paragraph (1) concerning Narcotics subsidiary Article 112 paragraph (2) in conjunction with Article 132 paragraph (2) of Law Number 35 of 2009 concerning Drugs.
Threats under Article 114 are death penalty, life imprisonment and then a subsidiary sentence of life imprisonment for a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years. “We will continue to work to develop, because there are some of our targets that have not been disclosed,” said Jayadi.
Detention centers in Indonesia are overcapacity
The Director of Security and Order at the Directorate General of Corrections, Haris, said that prisons or detention centers in Indonesia were over capacity, there were 275,000 prisoners assisted by correctional facilities, and 135,000 were drug cases.
Hari said that his party had made efforts to anticipate illicit drug trafficking involving inmates, by coordinating and synergizing with the BNN and the Directorate of Narcotics at the provincial and district levels. “This synergy supports all of us, the level of security disturbances in prisons and detention centers has decreased,” he also said.
Another effort is to move drug dealers to Nusakambangan to cut off the network. This step helps the Directorate General of Corrections to stop controlling large groups. Regarding the fact that there are still convicts who control drugs from inside prisons, Haris said that some of the inmates involved acted as prospectors using cell phones as capital.
To prevent this, the Directorate General of Correctional Safety and Health has increased the internal monitoring operation unit in prisons and detention centers by conducting continuous searches of residential rooms and urine tests.
Haris admitted that the contents of 135,000 detention centers and prisons involved in drugs were still using these illegal drugs. One of the factors is the large amount of smuggling into prisons through visits, through food supplies via drones which are smuggled in prisons and detention centers. “Our officers are always on standby, many (smugglers) who are thwarted do not go unnoticed,” he also said.
Haris added, the drug problem is very complex involving all aspects, so that the number of inmates involved in drugs is quite a lot.
The focus of the Directorate General of Fittings is currently trying to prevent security disturbances by detecting the roles and opportunities for the entry of these goods through collaboration with stakeholders.
Haris hopes that with the revision of the narcotics -related law , those who become abusers can be rehabilitated. Because of the 135 thousand inmates of prisons and detention centers, most are abusers.