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Jakarta Post

Narcotics agency arrests seven in suspected Medan drug ring

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Sun, October 7, 2018   /   12:43 pm
Narcotics agency arrests seven in suspected Medan drug ring National Narcotics Agency (BNN) head Comr. Gen. Heru Winarko (second right), Customs and Excise director general Heru Pambudi (second left), drugs eradication deputy at BNN Insp. Gen. Arman Depari (left) and head of the Customs and Excise Directorate General's West Kalimantan office Azhar Rasyidi (right) display drugs confiscated as evidence during a press conference on Friday, April 6. (Antara/Aprilio Akbar)

A joint team led by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has arrested seven people suspected of being involved in a drug ring in Medan, North Sumatra. 

Officers also confiscated 50 kilograms of methamphetamine that was reportedly ready to be distributed in Medan and its surrounding areas.

BNN deputy for drug eradication Insp. Gen. Arman Depari said the suspects were being interrogated at the North Sumatra BNN office.

He added that the case came to light from a tip about a drug sale in Medan.

“We were tailing the suspects, who were transporting the drugs in a car, but we were discovered. The perpetrators tried to escape, but they were arrested by officers on Friday,” he said, adding that five of the suspects had been in the car.

While searching the vehicle, police found 50 kilograms of methamphetamine stored in five jerry cans. 

“The suspects brought 50 kg of methamphetamine from Tanjung Balai to hand over to two dealers who were going to sell the drugs in Medan and the surrounding areas,” Arman said. (kmt)