BNN Observe Flights from Malaysia to Prevent Drug Smuggling

KUTA

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) observed flights from Malaysia to prevent the entry of drugs into Indonesia as this is a route often used by international drug syndicates.

“The state is concerned with Malaysia because many flights from that country contain drugs destined for Indonesia,” said Head of BNN Anang Iskandar here.

According to Iskandar, prevention cooperation with the neighbor country will be increased considering the numbers of cases of drug smuggling recently found.  In addition, drug syndicates are finding many new methods for successful smuggling.

In addition to hiding the illicit goods and luggage inside the compressor, the syndicate also often hides drugs by ingesting and storing methamphetamine in hair, as recently happened in Thailand.

Anang said that drug trafficking is a global problem that can not be solved completely, but it can be reduced by cooperation among countries in the ASEAN region in particular.  One of the key ways is by exchanging information to prevent the entry of illicit goods.

At a meeting of ASEAN Airport Interdiction Task Force which was also attended by Japan, South Korea and China, the countries exchanged experiences related to modes that are often carried out by international drug syndicates.

“We also discussed efforts to increase cooperation between ASEAN and partner countries in preventing and cutting off illicit drug trafficking in the area of airports, seaports, and borders,” Anang said.

Anang said that Indonesia has one of the focus points for international drug syndicates who usually import amphetamine type substances, ecstasy, and methamphetamine “crystal meth.”

Data from the United Nations dealing with illicit drug trafficking (UNODC) said that in 2011 the number of drug users in the country reached up to 4.7 million people.

Of that total, 1.2 million people are crystal methamphetamine users, while 950 thousand people use ecstasy.

“Research in 2011 also showed the number of losses of Rp 41 trillion while the daily demand is quite large on average 0.2 grams with a prevalence rate (abuse) reaches more than 4 million per year,” said Anang.

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