And They Just Keep Coming

Editorial

By now, anyone with any germ of an idea in their head about smuggling drugs in or out of Bali really should need that head examined by a medical professional.

It is not possible to be innocent or naive about the terrible dangers of drugs: they fuel crime and take lives, including those of users. Anyone coming into our country is made aware of what will happen if they are caught with drugs: it is clearly spelled out on entry card cards that everyone must fill out prior to arrival that traffickers will be put to death. (Executions in this country are carried out by firing squad.)

And yet they just keep coming, with hard drugs concealed in their luggage or body cavities. Kerobokan Prison is overflowing with more than three times its prisoner capacity, many of them foreigners jailed for trafficking narcotics.

Those foreign inmates have hit world headlines because of their trials and incarceration. It is few among us, for instance, who have not heard of the Australian drug-smuggler Schapelle Corby, who was given a 20-year prison term in 2005 for bringing 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali, although she has just had five years shaved off that term by the president.

So it is all the more incredulous that there is no let-up in the flow of foreigners being arrested in Bali for smuggling drugs in. This week we learned from the police that four British citizens and an Indian national have been arrested in connection with a drug ring. Initially, British woman Lindsay Sandiford was picked up and led police to the others during a surveillance operation. The police, often maligned, are to be congratulated on their work in helping ridding Bali of the blight of drugs.

Bali, in southern tourist parts, is a party island. That gives rise among some to a demand for hard drugs. It should not be so. We can all have a good time without being illegally intoxicated and destroying lives as well as the island’s reputation.


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5 Responses to “And They Just Keep Coming”

  1. Neville Wright Says:

    ED
    I agree with regarding drugs of any kind but What a hypocritical farce this is. While smoking tobacco is legal and kills around 200,000 Indonesians each year, they jail and sentence to death those who peddle lesser drugs like marijuana that has never directly killed anyone. What would happen if they suddenly made the illegal drugs legal? Would that empty most of their jails? Would it take away the graft money paid to jail guards that allow drug labs to flourish inside the jails? Indonesia’s strict drug laws discriminate against the evils of taking, distributing or using those lesser drugs but give sanction to those tobacco companies that promote the evil weed that kills around two hundred thousand of your citizens each year.

    Take the case of Schapelle Corby, now granted a reduction of 5 years in her original sentence of 20 years for alledgedly bringing 4.2kg of marijuana into the country. I say alledgedly because it was never proven where the drugs in her bag originated despite her requesting they be forensically tested. Marijuana is a product that does not kill yet tobacco smoking does. Why does Indonesia continue with it’s farcical outdated war on drugs? Why does it not decry tobacco and show the populace how evil it is?

    The answer is obvious. The government makes huge profits from the distribution and sale of tobacco products but none from the illicit drugs. I’d even suggest that the tobacco companies pay huge sums to lobbyists that present ‘facts’ to the government to support the sale of tobacco. All they need to do to release thousands of prisoners is to make the current illicit drugs legal and tax the sale. End result would be less crowded jails, less waste of court resources, less waste of time for police in apprehension of suspects and gathering of evidence and less waste of public funds on a war that serves no real purpose.

    Then we have the large international drug companies waiting in the wings for legalising of marijuana to happen. There is a massive spin off for them in the manufacture of MJ byproducts for use in the medical industry for the alleviation of pain and the calming of nerves.

    Of course the same logic applies to Australia, the USA, UK and other countries who subscribe to the outdated idea of jailing users of marijuana. It is time for all countries to wake up and shut down the wastfull war on drugs

  2. Mark Ulyseas Says:

    Drug cartels are getting the drugs through. Some carriers are caught. Interestingly the police in the originating countries appear to alert the Indonesian police…e.g. the Australian Federal Police are known to work closely with the Bali Police. Nice way to get rid of scum in their own country!

    If the police monitor many of the “off the beaten track” villas they will find banned substances being used at private parties.

    The demand outstrips the supply so the drug cartels are now using “ordinary” folk to get the drugs through and also as decoys. It is claimed by some that only 5% of drugs smuggled into Bali are intercepted by the Police.

    I find it strange that even after the rigorous security checks in foreign airports drugs appear to get through…often being detected by a lowly scanner in a far from modern Bali airport.

    It shows us two things –
    01. That the Bali Police are being alerted by their counterparts in other countries and in this way those countries are riding themselves of scum and leaving the dirty work to be done by the Bali Police including the bad publicity.

    02. That drug cartels deliberately alert the Bali Police to ensure one of their ‘ordinary’ carriers are caught thereby taking the attention off the ‘larger carriers’ who are probably on the same flight!

    Often drugs find their way to Lombok, Gili T, Gili Meno, Gili Air and Gili Nanggu etc. and vice versa. It is a known fact that drugs are smuggled to and from these islands on the fast tourist boats; Even fishing boats that carry tourists for a fee from East Bali to Lombok and back. It is however not proven whether the owners of these vessels are aware that drugs are being carried by passengers as there are no stringent security checks.

    One fails to understand how some private parties in villas are able to serve drugs and get away with it and yet some young brainless lad is caught in Poppies Lane for buying a few strands of marijuana.

    Something stinks here and probably it is time the overworked Bali Police did some Spring Cleaning.

    The sad truth is that drugs, prostitution, paedophilia and other ungodly businesses are the direct spin-off of rampaging tourism…the beast that lures and seduces all that comes within its embrace.

    Unfortunately, Bali is in the embrace of this beast.

    Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

    Note: Besides the airports are checks being made at Gilimanuk Port, Candi Dasa, Padang Bai, all the way upto Lovina? I am sure if the police put stringent measures in place they will be surprised by what they find.

  3. flaco comir Says:

    If “drugs” are such a taboo for Indonesian culture, why is Kerobikan jail so full of them? It is probably the easiest place to score drugs, use them openly and not worry about being set up by the dude who sold them to you.

  4. daire han Says:

    Agree with you all indonesia is so bloody corrupt before I went there I thought it was like singapore when it comes to drugs quite the opposite kuta is full of locals selling them one local trying to sell me weed and as I walked away he was laughing and chatting with a policeman gili travong is mushroom and weed island been to 32 countries and this is the worst for bullshit corruption

  5. JC Says:

    Drugs will always be a problem in a world full of corruption and greed. Indos barbarian capital punishment laws can’t stop them.

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