Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency (BNN) on Thursday destroyed over 9 kilograms of drugs, including 6.3 kg of crystal methamphetamine.

The drugs, seized from seven suspects in March, were burned in an incinerator in the presence of BNN's principal secretary, Tantan Sulistyana.

The crystal meth was delivered in a package that arrived via mail from the United States to AS, a resident of North Jakarta, according to BNN enforcement deputy Aldrin Hutabarat.

The drug trafficking operation also involved another local resident, identified as DS. According to the suspect, Indonesia was a transit destination for the drug package, which was intended to be smuggled to Australia.

The BNN is continuing to dig deeper into the crystal meth smuggling case, Hutabarat added.

Drug trafficking still poses a threat to many Indonesian provinces since domestic and transnational drug dealers consider the country to be a potential market due to its vast population and millions of drug users.

The value of the drug trade in the country is estimated to have reached nearly Rp66 trillion (around US$4.1 billion), with the number of drug trafficking cases continuing to surge.

A joint survey conducted by the BNN and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in 2019 pegged the number of drug users in Indonesia at over 3.4 million.

The survey conducted in 34 provinces indicated that about 180 out of every 10,000 Indonesians aged 15 to 64 were addicted to drugs.

The users of crystal methamphetamine, narcotics, marijuana, and other types of addictive drugs can belong to any community and socioeconomic and cultural background.

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