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Jakarta Post

Drug users easy target for abuse

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 15 2012   /  11:20 am

The Jakarta Police said on Tuesday that they had arrested a man accused of conning the parents of a Lion Air pilot recently arrested for alleged drug abuse, after he told them he could help their son escape jail time.

“The suspect, AI, told the pilot’s parents that if they gave him a sum of money, he would ensure that the pilot would only be sent to a narcotics rehabilitation center in Lido, West Java,” police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto alleged.

The man was arrested Monday night in Bumi Serpong Damai, South Tangerang, Banten.

According to Rikwanto, the police have yet to uncover the motive for allegedly conning the parents of the pilot.

“We know from investigations that AI is currently undergoing treatment for heart disease. However, we can’t be sure if he was planning to use the money to help pay for the treatment or for other purposes,” he said...