The Jakarta Post
Authorities must tightened security in areas across North Kalimantan, especially Tarakan, because it has become the main entrance of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as sabu-sabu, from abroad into eastern Indonesia, a senior official has said.
South Sulawesi Police chief Insp. Gen. Anton Charliyan said most drugs, especially crystal meth, distributed in the province were produced in China and brought into Indonesia from Malaysia via Tarakan.
“Hence, we hope security can be strengthened in Tarakan,” the police chief said. He was speaking during a press conference on a police operation to foil a drug smuggle attempt in Makassar on Friday.
Anton explained the police managed to thwart an attempt to smuggle one kilogram of crystal meth via Soekarno-Hatta Port in Makassar on Tuesday. A man allegedly brought the drugs from Tarakan using a Pelni vessel, he explained.
“He divided the crystal meth into two packages and wrapped them with used plastic bags of China-made food products,” said Anton.
Based on information from the suspect, the police traced other members of his drug smuggling syndicate. Three other suspects were arrested separately in three different places.
“We are still pursuing the owner of the crystal meth. The drugs were bought in Tarakan so we are coordinating with the Tarakan Police to hunt the owner,” said Anton.
Earlier, the Parepare Police managed to foil an attempt to smuggle 3 kg of crystal meth from Kalimantan at Nusantara port in Parepare.
Anton said the police had strengthened security at main entrances across South Sulawesi, especially at Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport and several seaports including Paotere and Soekarno-Hatta ports in Makassar, Nusantara port in Parepare and two other ports in Bone and Bulukumba. (ebf)
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