Banjarmasin, S Kalimantan (ANTARA) - Lambung Mangkurat University (ULM) has made it mandatory for all students enrolling at this South Kalimantan-based public university to have tested negative for drug use.

"We must ensure that our newly enrolled students have tested negative for drug use as part of our endeavors to create a drug-free campus," ULM Rector Professor Ahmad Alim Bachri remarked.

Speaking in Banjarmasin, the capital of South Kalimantan Province, on Thursday, he noted that the enrollment of those failing in their drug tests would be rejected.

This academic year, the university receives 7,213 new students. The quota is bigger than 6,888 recorded last year, he pointed out.

ANTARA reported earlier that drug rings continue to recruit university students to assist in their drug trafficking operations in Indonesia.

Several drug cases in Aceh, Jakarta, East Java, and North Sumatra confirmed the fact of drug syndicates involving university students.

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In July 2023, for instance, the West Aceh police arrested a 20-year-old female student for alleged possession of 22 ziplock bags of crystal meth.

The suspect, identified as AM, was apprehended after local cops received a tip-off from residents of Gunung Kleng Village in Meureubo Sub-district.

In July 2020, 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.

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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