Meulaboh, Aceh (ANTARA) - Drug rings continue to recruit university students to assist in their drug trafficking operations in Indonesia, as shown by the recent arrest of a 20-year-old female student in West Aceh District, Aceh Province.

West Aceh Police Chief Adjunct Sen. Coms. Andi Kirana said the suspect, identified as AM, was arrested earlier this week in alleged possession of 22 zip lock bags of crystal methamphetamine.

She was apprehended after local cops received a tip-off from residents of Gunung Kleng Village in Meureubo Sub-district, according to a statement on Thursday.

Apart from seizing the crystal meth package, which weighed 103.64 grams, the police officers who caught her also confiscated two black handbags and a cellular phone, he remarked.

Upon her arrest, the cops found only one zip lock bag of crystal meth in her handbag, while 21 other bags of the drug were seized from her rented room and her parents' house in Ie Itam Baroh Village, Woyla Sub-district.

AM told police investigators that the 22 packs of crystal meth belong to H, Kirana remarked, adding that AM is currently under police custody for investigation purposes.

ANTARA reported earlier that while the government has pinned its hopes on the youth to help Indonesia beat the fierce competition among nations in the current era of disruption, the nation's youngsters are wrangling with serious problems: drug abuse and addiction.

Drug users and drug dealers also involve university students, as has been observed in several cases in Jakarta, East Java, and North Sumatra.

In July 2020, for instance, the South Jakarta Metropolitan Police arrested seven members of a drug syndicate for selling dried cannabis to university students in the West and South Jakarta areas over the course of a year.

The suspects belonged to a university network of drug syndicates that sold the illicit drugs to students directly and through an online service, according to the South Jakarta police.

Three of the seven suspects were students of a university in the Meruya neighborhood, West Jakarta, while the other four were identified as an ojek driver, a university graduate, and two workers.

The ojek driver, identified as AS, transported the marijuana packages to consumers.

In June 2021, the East Java police seized 2.8 kilograms of dried marijuana from four suspected drug dealers, including two university students.

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Translator: TD Iskandar, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Anton Santoso
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