Riau's prison officer discharged from duty over drug trafficking case

Riau's prison officer discharged from duty over drug trafficking case

A prison officer at the Tembilahan Class II A Penitentiary was dismissed from government service over a drug trafficking case. (ANTARA/HO-Lapas Tembilahan)

He has been sacked and served a four-year prison term
Indragiri Hilir, Riau (ANTARA) - A prison officer at the Tembilahan Class II A Penitentiary in Indragiri Hilir District, Riau Province, was dismissed from government service over a drug trafficking case.

"He has been sacked and served a four-year prison term," Head of the Tembilahan Class II A Penitentiary Julianto Budhi Prastyono informed ANTARA here on Tuesday.

The Tembilahan district court's panel of judges had sentenced the prison officer, only identified by his initial as H, to four years in prison based on their verdict in 2017.

Prastyono remarked that H's dismissal was announced during a roll call on Monday (May 31).

Domestic and transnational drug dealers view Indonesia as a potential market owing to its large population and millions of drug users.

Drug trade in Indonesia is valued at almost Rp66 trillion.

Data indicates that Indonesians across societal strata are falling prey to drugs regardless of their socio-economic and professional backgrounds.

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) recently arrested a policeman in Mukomuko District, Bengkulu Province, on charges of trafficking drugs over a period of five years.

The officer was identified as 1st Adjunct Inspector ES, 43, the BNN-Bengkulu Office head, Brig. Gen. Toga Habinsar Panjaitan informed on May 25, 2021.

In February this year, West Java Police's Internal Affairs Division (Propam) also detained 12 policemen, including chief of the Astanaanyar district police precinct, for allegedly consuming narcotics.

On August 22, 2020, a Transportation Ministry's civil servant was detained over attempting to smuggle a three-kilogram crystal methamphetamine package.

In November last year, a police officer in Deli Serdang District, North Sumatra Province, was sacked over his involvement in a drug-related offense.

In June last year, another 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 people were reportedly caught consuming crystal meth during a raid and placed under police custody. Some 19 grams of crystal meth were also seized from them.

In July 2020, at least 260 policemen in South Sumatra underwent a rehabilitation program to recover from drug addiction.



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