West Kalimantan National Narcotics Agency Head Brig. Gen. Suyatmo informed journalists of the confiscated crystal meth, or locally called sabu-sabu, being destroyed by pouring liquid pesticide into the confiscated lot.
During the raid conducted at a cemetery in Siantan Tengah Village, Pontianak Utara Sub-district, on Apr 26, the BNN officers took into custody Maskur and Badol along with 10 small packs of sabu-sabu, cash worth Rp169 million, two motorbikes, cellular phones, and several bank account books, he revealed.
During a confession to BNN investigators, Maskur and Badol admitted to having purchased the drug from two local narcotics dealers -- Sule and Rini -- residing in Beting Village, Pontianak Timur Sub-district, he revealed.
In March, the BNN also confiscated 100 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and ecstasy pills from a suspect that the anti-drug squad personnel had detained in Bengkayang District, West Kalimantan Province.
The crystal meth and ecstasy pills were packaged in 106 plastic bags that the suspect, only identified by his initials HEN, hid in five separate fish boxes, BNN Eradication Deputy Inspector General Arman Depari revealed.
BNN investigators took HEN into custody in Sungai Duri Village of Sungai Raya Sub-district, Bengkayang District, West Kalimantan Province, he revealed.
Local and transnational drug dealers view Indonesia as one of their potential markets in Southeast Asia owing to its vast population and several million drug users.
The BNN remarked that the consumption of illicit drugs claimed the lives of some 50 Indonesians daily, while the total drug users in the country had reached seven million, while the drug trade in Indonesia is estimated to have reached at least Rp66 trillion.
Taking into account this grim reality, drug trafficking activities have turned out to be a constant threat to Indonesia's security and human resources.
To win the war against drug dealers, stringent punishments, including imposing death penalties on them, are the pressing need of the hour. EDITED BY INE