Binusan village in North Kalimantan declared drug-free

Binusan village in North Kalimantan declared drug-free

Country Manager United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Indonesia Collie F Brown (left) wore a hat hand-crafted by a former drug addict during an integrated interdiction training held by BNN in Bogor Regency, West Java, Monday (Feb 25, 2019) (ANTARA/ARIF FIRMANSYAH)

Nunukan, N Kalimantan (ANTARA) - The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) in Nunukan district, North Kalimantan province, has declared Binusan village in Nunukan subdistrict as a drug-free village, or ‘Desa Bersinar’.

It said the synergy between local apparatuses and community members has led to the village achieving the title.

Binusan was declared drug-free by head of the BNN-North Kalimantan office, Brig.Gen. Henry Simanjuntak, during an event held in the village on Wednesday.

At the event that took place at the Tidung tribal community's traditional house, local community leaders also pledged their support for the government's war on drugs.

Simanjuntak lauded the BNN-Nunukan office and the creative strategies applied by its officials, saying that the "Desa Bersinar" Program is among the preventive measures that has been found to be effective and workable.

Villagers can be engaged in curbing drug crimes by first making them aware of the harmfulness of drug addiction, he said.

Meanwhile, head of the BNN-Nunukan office, Commissioner La Muati, said Binusan village was declared as a drug-free village due to the contribution of its residents, particularly millennials, to the agency's preventive measures.

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The millennials voluntarily joined drug-related prevention efforts. Community leaders also lent strong support in Binusan village, which is located on the Nunukan Island bordering Malaysia, he added.

Domestic and transnational drug dealers perceive Indonesia as a potential market on account of its huge population and millions of drug users. Drug trade in the nation is valued at nearly Rp66 trillion.

Data shows individuals from every strata of society are falling victim to drugs, regardless of socio-economic and professional backgrounds.

The National Police and the BNN are continuing to fight against both local and trans-national drug criminals attempting to smuggle and trade illicit drugs in various parts of Indonesia, including North Kalimantan.

According to South Kalimantan Police Chief, Inspector General Nico Afinta, 300 kilograms (kg) of crystal methamphetamine that a joint police team seized from two suspected drug dealers on August 6, 2020 had been smuggled from Malaysia through North Kalimantan.

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