Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Illicit drugs smuggled into Indonesia were mostly from China and several other countries, according to Hamdani Harahap, an anti-drug NGO activist.

The smuggling of drugs must be immediately stopped, as it harms the nation`s younger generation, Harahap, chairman of the National Anti-Narcotics Movement (Granat), stated here, Thursday.

Most illicit drugs seized by Indonesian authorities were from China, he pointed out.

Drugs smuggled into Indonesia were also from Malaysia and Thailand.

"It is suspected that many foreign narcotic syndicates have conducted illegal drug trafficking in Indonesia," he remarked.

He urged the Indonesian government, through the National Narcotics Agency, National Police, and Customs and Excise Directorate General, to establish cooperation with the National Narcotics Control Commission of China to prevent drug smuggling from China.

"Indonesia has to be saved from narcotics, which not only harm the people but also threaten the country," he added.

The Indonesian government must impose stern punishment against drug traffickers to serve as a deterrent effect.

The North Sumatra Police have seized a total of 66.47 kilograms (kg) of crystal methamphetamine and 49.38 kg of hashish, mostly smuggled into Indonesia from Malaysia by boats.

Reporting by Munawar Mandailing

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