Medan Police said on Wednesday they had shot dead two people suspected of smuggling drugs as members of the Malaysia-Aceh international network.
The police’s drug crime investigation unit head, Adj.Sr.Comr. Ganda Saragih, said his personnel were forced to shoot dead the suspected smugglers, identified as B, 40, and NS, 35, because they resisted police arrest.
He said an investigation later revealed the suspects were part of an international network operating in Malaysia and Aceh.
Ganda said B and NS were first arrested on Jl. Besar Tembung, Medan Tembung district. Police seized 2 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.
Ganda said the two suspects were then taken to their homes in Simpang Pemda, Medan Selayang district as the suspects said they were storing more crystal meth in their home.
“This was in fact was only a tactic used by the two suspects. As soon as our personnel arrived at their home, they fought them, taking out a gun and a knife. The police were forced to take tough measures against them,” Ganda told a press conference at police headquarters in Medan.
He said the suspects were shot in their chests and died on their way to Bhayangkara Police Hospital.
Ganda said the police were pursuing two more suspected members of the syndicate.
“We are searching for O and J, who had carried out transactions with B and NS before their arrests.” (ebf)