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Jakarta Post

BNN busts drug ring allegedly controlled by Salemba inmate

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 19, 2020   /   02:40 pm
BNN busts drug ring allegedly controlled by Salemba inmate Members of the East Java division of the National Narcotics Agency (BNNP) present suspects and confiscated narcotics in Surabaya, East Java, on May 18. (Antara/Didik Suhartono)

Serving time in Central Jakarta’s Salemba Penitentiary has reportedly not prevented a convict from controlling a drug-smuggling operation for the sale of methamphetamine and ecstasy in Bekasi regency of West Java.

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) revealed on May 28 the arrest of a suspect, A, 43, who was driving a box van through Jl. Industri Raya in Cikarang.

In the raid, BNN investigators found 66 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside rice sacks, BNN chief Insp. Gen. Arman Depari said.

“From the information and clues we got at the scene, investigators developed the case and raided a rice kiosk used to keep the drugs, located not far from where A was arrested,” Arman said on Thursday as reported by

He added that, before the team of BNN personnel arrived at the kiosk, two people allegedly running the illicit business, AZ and MS, had fled the scene.

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AZ and MS would reportedly give the drugs to A to be distributed.

The preliminary investigation suggests that DS, who is serving time at Salemba Penitentiary for drug offenses, controlled the smuggling operation.

“Investigators liaised with officers of Salemba penitentiary, and we brought DS and the evidence to BNN’s headquarters on June 5 for further investigation,” he said.

Two days later, BNN personnel captured AZ and MS in Medan, North Sumatra, as they were reportedly heading for Aceh in their escape.

In separate operations, the BNN says it foiled attempts to smuggle ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine in Rokan Hilir and Dumai city in Riau province earlier this month.

From all three separate cases, the agency confiscated 118.9 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 80,960 ecstasy pills and arrested eight suspects in total. (mfp)