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Jakarta Post

SBY gives police boost to fight drugs

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 31 2009   /  01:19 pm

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited a factory used to manufacture illegal drugs Friday in a bid to encourage the fight against drug trafficking. Yudhoyono was accompanied by National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri and several other senior police officers during the inspection at the factory, which had been sealed off a day earlier by police in Cengkareng, West Jakarta. The closure of the factory, used to produce significant quantities of crystal methamphetamine (shabu-shabu), was "good news" for police, who have been criticized in the past for their unsuccessful attempts to combat illegal drugs across the nation, the President said. "The police have basically done a great job in the field of transnational crimes, such as terrorism, but unfortunately this success has not really translated into operations involving drug crimes," he said just hours earlier ...