The Jakarta Post
A 12-year-old elementary school student in Makassar, South Sulawesi, has turned himself in to the police after being a fugitive for a month.
The student, identified only as RK, was wanted by the police after a friend, 14-year-old junior high school student AR, was arrested for selling two packets of methamphetamine in early August.
According to AR’s statement to the police, the packets were owned by RK, who told AR to sell them for Rp 200,000 (US$13.50) and then split the profits. However, the police apprehended AR before any drugs were sold.
After AR’s arrest, RK had been wanted by the police and allegedly moved from one relative’s place to another to avoid getting caught. Accompanied by his parents, he turned himself in on Friday.
“RK surrendered himself after the police approached his family. He is now residing in the Makassar Integrated Women's and Children's Center (P2TP2A),” Tallo district police head Amrin AT said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.
He said the police named RK a suspect when he was still on the run. Authorities will process the case in court despite RK’s statement that the two packets of meth were found in an integrated health services post (Posyandu) near his house.
The elementary student also said that, besides selling the drugs, he and AR had also consumed them in the last two months.
RK and AR will enter the juvenile justice system and be subjected to child protection laws.
Amrin added that the police were still searching for the adult that allegedly supplied the meth to the students. (ris)