Instead, most of the addicts bought their drugs in Kampung Ambon but they consumed it in other places such as at a creek or a riverbank, inside a hut, or in neighboring villages, Chief of the West Jakarta Drug Unit Adjunct Sen. Coms. Erick Frendriz said. The police investigators were able to uncover that strategy after apprehending several suspected drug dealers around the Cengkareng Public Hospital's neighborhood, including a suspect only identified by his initials YG (20), he said.
A tip-off that the policemen received on drug trafficking near the Cengkareng Public Hospital ended with the arrest of YG, and the apprehension of three other suspects. They were identified as ANJ (25), AM (29), and AJ (32), he said.
The arrests of these four suspects had also enabled the policemen to nab SS (26) who attempted to transport 23 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from a parking area of a big shopping mall in South Jakarta.
SS was nabbed in the follow-up of a police investigation into the drug case involving four members of the international drug ring recently arrested in Kampung Ambon, West Jakarta, he said.
Indonesia remains under grave threat from drug traffickers, as several individuals from its working-age population have become embroiled in a vicious circle.
The National Narcotics Agency's (BNN's) report on some 50 Indonesians dying of drug use daily has failed to deter addicts.
People across communities and from distinct socio-economic and cultural backgrounds use crystal methamphetamine, narcotics, marijuana, and other addictive drugs.
Hence, Indonesia is perceived by both domestic and transnational drug dealers as a potential market due to its huge population and millions of drug users. The value of the drug trade in the country is estimated to have reached nearly Rp66 trillion.
In response to the illicit drug trade over the past few decades, the Indonesian government continues to take punitive action.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo had also issued shoot-at-sight orders against drug traffickers.
However, drug felons remain undeterred and continue to treat Indonesia as one of their key markets even as law enforcers continue to wage their war.
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