Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA) - A police officer in Deli Serdang district, North Sumatra province, has been dismissed over his involvement in a drug-related offense.

The dismissal of Chief Brigadier FS was announced in a roll call, led by deputy chief of the Deli Serdang Police Precinct, Adjunct Sen.Coms. Julianto P Sirait, on Monday (November 23, 2020).

"Through this roll call, it is declared that Chief Brigadier FS is longer a police officer," he said.

Sirait then urged other cops to avoid all unlawful acts, including drug offenses.

ANTARA has earlier reported how drug addiction has become a serious problem in Indonesian communities.

In July this year, 260 policemen in South Sumatra underwent a rehabilitation program to recover from drug addiction.

In early July, South Sumatra police chief, Inspector General Indra Heri, had issued a policy on ridding police institutions of drug abuse and addiction under which police officers were given a chance to confess to drug use.

In response to the policy, several hundred police personnel had voluntarily admitted that they consumed illicit drugs and had also expressed their willingness to participate in a drug rehabilitation program.

Domestic and transnational drug dealers consider Indonesia a potential market due to its large population and millions of drug users. The drug trade in Indonesia is valued at almost Rp66 trillion.

Data shows people from all strata of society are falling prey to drugs, regardless of their socio-economic and professional background.

On July 5, 2020, a member of the Tarakan police precinct, identified as AL, was arrested in a drug-related offense, according to the North Kalimantan office of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN).

The agency's investigators apprehended AL following the arrest of another person, identified as AR, during a drug raid the same day, head of the BNN-North Kalimantan office's law enforcement division, Adjunct Sen. Coms. Deden Andriana, stated.

In June this year, a policeman was arrested for consuming drugs at a hotel in Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province.

The policeman, identified as EW, and three other persons were reportedly caught consuming crystal methamphetamine during a drug raid and placed under police custody. The raid also led to the seizure of 19 grams of crystal meth. (INE)

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Editor: Suharto
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