The National Narcotics Agency has been honored for its drug eradication efforts at the 30th International Drug Enforcement Conference underway in Moscow.
IDEC said Indonesia had made major progress in gathering and mapping intelligence data to uncover illegal drug distribution points in the country.
Djauhari Oratmangun, Indonesia’s ambassador to Russia, said in a statement that the forum was important for Indonesia as it brought together representatives from across the world to exchange insights and ideas aimed at eradicating illegal drugs.
There have been several high-profile arrests in the battle against drugs in recently months. Police in North Kalimantan this week arrested two men and confiscated 250 grams of methamphetamine smuggled from Malaysia. The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) had previously warned that border areas were vulnerable to drug smuggling and suggested extra preventive measures in those locations.
In May, police busted a methamphetamine lab in a Jakarta suburb and confiscated about 10 kilograms of drug-making ingredients.
The raid came a day after a court in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, sentenced a South African woman to life in prison for attempting to smuggle 2.6 kg of methamphetamine into the country.
Deputy Justice and Human Rights Minister Denny Indrayana said in April that 40 percent of inmates in the country’s prisons were drug offenders, reflecting a concerning rise of drug-related crime.
Drug syndicates have also resorted to new mediums in distributing their illegal goods, such as social media and smartphone chat applications.
In April, a 20-year-old woman was caught by the BNN accepting a package containing 757 grams of methamphetamine in Bogor after befriending a stranger online who enticed her with promises of gifts if she helped him deliver drugs.
“IDEC has the resources of networks that link related agencies under its membership,” Djauhari said.
“Through the exchange of high-profile information and data in IDEC, Indonesia can gain a direct benefit in supporting operations that seek to capture individuals involved in the illegal drug industry.”
Also at the Moscow event, which concludes today, are BNN chief Anang Iskandar and board member Gories Mere.