Bandung, W Java (ANTARA) - West Java police have apprehended two drug couriers in two separate raids in Bandung district and Bandung city and confiscated 1.5 kilogram of drugs from them.

The two suspects were identified as SA and C. They were arrested in two different places, West Java Police's narcotics investigation director, Sen.Coms.Rudy Ahmad Sudrajat, told ANTARA here on Wednesday.

SA was nabbed in Cileunyi subdistrict, Bandung district, while C was apprehended in Sukajadi subdistrict, Bandung city. “From them, the police officers have seized 1.5 kilograms of high-quality crystal methamphetamine,” he informed.

The two drug couriers did not know each other but they worked under the same drug lord, identified as Nono, who remains at large, Sudrajat said, adding that Nono ordered them to take the drugs in Ciawi, West Java province.

Police have charged them under Articles 112 and 114 of Indonesian Drug Law No. 35 of 2009. If found guilty, they face the death penalty or life imprisonment.

Indonesia remains under grave threat from drug dealers, who consider the country a potential market. The value of drug trade in Indonesia is estimated to have reached at least Rp66 trillion.

Users of crystal methamphetamine, narcotics, marijuana, and other types of addictive drugs transcend communities and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

With drug kingpins smuggling and trading drugs in the country over the past few decades, the Indonesian government has continued to apply harsh punitive action against them.

National Police Chief, General Idham Azis, recently pointed out that district courts in different parts of Indonesia awarded capital punishment to at least 100 drug offenders in the first half of 2020.

"May they soon be executed by firing squads to deter others," he stressed while witnessing the National Police special task force destroy 1.2 tons of crystal meth, 35 thousand ecstasy pills, and 410 kg of marijuana in Jakarta on July 2, 2020.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo had also issued shoot-at-sight orders against drug kingpins.

However, this has failed to deter drug traffickers, who continue to treat Indonesia as one of their main markets, even as Indonesian law enforcers continue their fight against them. (INE)

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