The Jakarta Post
A former police officer was shot dead in North Sumatra on Thursday night, reportedly while attempting to smuggle drugs as part of a transnational narcotics syndicate.
Asahan Police chief Sr. Comr. Tatan Dirsan Atmaja said on Friday that the former officer, identified only by the initials BT, was involved in a Malaysia-Medan-Jakarta drug ring and had become the target of a police operation.
Tatan said BT was transporting 7 kilograms of sabu (crystal methamphetamine) from Malaysia in a minivan when passing through Asahan regency, North Sumatra, on his way to Medan. “The syndicate members sped up when police tried to stop them. The police pursued them and shot them because they ignored warning shots,” he said.
BT died on the way to a hospital while his friend AL suffered injuries and two women in the car, E and A, were arrested.
BT was a former Tanah Karo Police officer, according to Tatan.
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