Jakarta (ANTARA) - Female movie star Nanie Darham was arrested in Jakarta, Feb 2, for allegedly trading cocaine, with police investigators accusing her of obtaining it from a drug lord outside Indonesia by ordering through social media platforms.

"The illicit drug is received from a drug trafficker outside Indonesia by ordering it through social media platforms by using a method of delivery order," Jakarta Metropolitan Police spokesman Sen. Coms. Yusri Yunus stated.

The police investigators continue to probe the case, and they have known the drug lord's identity, he told journalists in Jakarta on Monday.

However, he desisted from elaborating on how the social media platforms and deliver order method were employed by the suspect to obtain the coke.

"We have got the name (of the overseas drug lord), but we cannot yet unveil it. The coke is delivered from abroad," he added.

In connection with this drug case, the Jakarta Metropolitan Police's anti-drug squad personnel did not just apprehend Nanie Darham, an actress popular for her role in a movie titled "Air Terjun Pengantin" (Bride's Waterfall).

The police also arrested two other suspects, only identified by their initials as JA and WED, during their recent drug raid operation at an apartment in Setia Budi, South Jakarta.

Both JA and WED were accused of purchasing the cocaine packages from Nanie Darham. These two men were arrested at the South Jakarta-based Mega Kuningan Apartment's lobby area.

During the raid, the police seized 14.86 grams of cocaine from JA and WED and another 8.12 grams of cocaine and several H5 or "Happy-5" pills from JA's house, he remarked, adding that the police also confiscated an ecstasy pill from Nanie Darham's home.

The police have charged these three suspects over violation of Indonesia's drug law for which they are subject to a 20-year jail term.

Indonesia's world of entertainment remains vulnerable to drug cases as partly observed from the arrests of female comedian Tri Retno Prayudati, or commonly known as Nunung Srimulat, and her husband on July 19, 2019.

Indonesia remains under serious threat from drug dealers, as several individuals from its working-age population have been trapped in a vicious circle.

The National Narcotics Agency's (BNN's) report that some 50 Indonesians die of drug use every day has not yet deterred drug users in the country from consuming these banned substances.

The users of crystal methamphetamine, narcotics, marijuana, and other types of addictive drugs are from any community and from distinct socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

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 drug trade in the country is estimated to have reached nearly least Rp66 trillion.

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