Pepped-Up Drug Police Nab 10

DENPASAR

Ten suspected drug dealers and drug users, one of them a woman, have been caught by Bali’s narcotics squad in the past 12 days, a success rate apparently galvanised by police chief Hadiatmoko’s pep-talk two weeks ago in which he told drug police, led by Ambaryadi Wijaya Sik, to sharpen up.

Senior Denpasar policeman Sukawiyasa said action would continue in a bid to eradicate drugs in the city and the tourism areas around it.

Drug-squad police would maintain their pursuit of dealers and users — and police were also on the trail of illegal bookies.

“The success so far is the result of the police chief’s order to combat drug abuse,” Sukawiyasa said on Wednesday, when he announced the latest arrests.

Police seized shabu-shabu (crystal meth), marijuana, ecstasy and heroin in a series of raids up to September 12 at Ngurah Rai International Airport and known drug dealer and user haunts.

Arrests were made at locations including Jl Raya Sesetan in Denpasar, Legian and Berawa Beach in Canggu.

In the Jl Raya Sesetan arrest, police detained Sukmo Suprapto, 35, at his boarding house, where they found more than two kilograms of dried marijuana concealed in a suitcase.

Suprapto is alleged to have told them he bought the drugs at Jakarta airport. “He bought up to three kilograms of marijuana at a price of Rp8 million (US$880) and broke it up into smaller packs for sale,” said Sukawiyasa, who spoke to the media with drug squad chief Wijaya Ambaryadi Sik.

Suprapto allegedly sold one packet for Rp200,000 ($22) to an undercover policeman.

He could face a life sentence and a fine of Rp1 billion ($110,000) if convicted.

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