Prison-Run Legian Drug Ring Broken With 4 Arrests


Police say they have cracked a drug ring allegedly masterminded by a Kerobokan Jail inmate with the arrest this week of four alleged dealers who worked out of craft shops in Jl Sriwijaya, Legian.

The drugs, marijuana, heroin and crystal meth (shabu-shabu), allegedly were supplied from Jakarta every two weeks, stored in the ceilings of the shops, and sold by four men originally from Medan in North Sumatra.

The drug ring was allegedly controlled by a Kerobokan prisoner, named by police as Tigor, who used SMS messages to communicate via a mobile phone from his cell.

The four arrested men, Harahap, 40; Edi Wahyudi, 30; Riswan Arahaf, 30; and Hamid Sarwidi, 21, were detained by Badung detectives on Monday.

Police seized a kilogram of marijuana, 100 grams of heroin, 12 packages of crystal meth weighing from 0.6 to 0.9 grams, digital scales, and four mobile phones.

The four were arrested after police received information about drug transactions at the craft shops, owned by Arahaf.

Badung Police chief Dwi Suseno said the four arrested men were only couriers. Supplies and sales were controlled by Tigor from Kerobokan Jail.

Sales were to local residents and tourists.

“If there’s a drug message, it is Tigor who determines where the sale will take place,” detective Ketut Soma Adnyana said.

Police said that after their arrests, the four detained men tried to dodge responsibility. Wahyudi and Arahaf claimed not to know anything about drugs being kept in the ceilings of the shops.

Wahyudi said heroin and crystal meth was sent from Jakarta about every two weeks. He was paid Rp800,000 (US$86) and Tigor Rp1 million ($107).

“I paid Tigor via bank transfer,” he said.

Suseno said Badung Police were still investigating the alleged involvement of Tigor, who is in Kerobokan as a drug prisoner. They were coordinating their investigation with that of the prison authorities.

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2 Responses to “Prison-Run Legian Drug Ring Broken With 4 Arrests”

  1. Kay Danes Says:

    This reinforces the very difficult undertaking of the Indonesian police, who face a seemingly never ending scourge of drug related criminal activity. People argue that the penalties are too harsh for those caught with drugs, and that may well be, by comparison to Australian standards, but realistically, look at what the Indonesian police are forced to deal with! These drug syndicates have no regard for society or for the expendable lives they recruit to move their products. I hope the Indonesians catch the ‘big wigs’, destroy their crops and chemical factories and do whatever they can to prevent another young life being lost to this world of the damned.

  2. Paul Says:

    These men were willing to face the risk of long jail terms in exchange for $100 every couple of weeks. Is that stupidity or severe financial difficulties?

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