Jakarta Police announced on Monday that they had arrested 16 suspected drug traffickers earlier this month, including four foreigners, during several anti-narcotics raids across the capital while the deputy chief of the city's police force spoke above his purview by advocating the death penalty for the accused.
Brig. Gen. Sudjarno, the Jakarta Police’s deputy chief, said on Monday that after police arrested a suspect identified as H.D. on Nov. 1 and confiscated 708 methamphetamine pills and 3.5 kilograms of methamphetamine powder, officers received information on other dealers through the police’s SMS service, 1717.
“After we furthered the investigation, we arrested 16 people,” Sudjarno said. “Four are foreign: three are from Malaysia and one is from China.”
Six Indonesians allegedly distributed drugs to various nightclubs in Jakarta. They were eventually arrested with 1,000 methamphetamine pills and 1 ounce of crystal meth.
They admitted to receiving the drugs from a prisoner a person identified as B.R., an inmate at the Cipinang penitentiary. After being questioned by police, B.R. said that he had received the drugs from a Chinese national identified as B.L., who currently resides in Guangzhou, China.
After receiving information from B.R., police proceeded to arrest four foreigners in apartments in Ancol and Jalan Hayam Wuruk, both in North Jakarta, on Nov. 9. The men were arrested with 60 grams of crystal meth, 100 Ecstasy pills and 8 grams of ketamine.
Later, using the leads from previous the arrests, the Jakarta Police apprehended four more alleged traffickers and seized 1,400 Ecstasy capsules, one kilogram of crystal meth, one kilogram of powdered methamphetamine and 300 methamphetamine pills.
From Nov. 1, police have confiscated a total of 2,008 methamphetamine pills, 4.5 kilograms methamphetamine powder, 1.16 kilogram of crystal meth, 1,500 Ecstasy pills and 80 grams of ketamine.
“In total, the evidence that has been seized can save 65,008 people,” Sudjarno said. “If converted into cash, the drugs are worth more than Rp 12 billion [$1.1 million].”
All the suspects will be charged under Article 144 of the 2009 Law on Narcotics, which carries the death penalty.
The deputy chief of the Jakarta Police apparently believes that it is the job of the police to advocate death by firing squad for suspects that have yet to stand trial.
“These [people] poisoned young Indonesians,” he said. “They should be held responsible and receive heavy sanctions to deter them.... The National Police, the provincial police and regional police officers are tired of seeing light sentences handed out. How will we be able to reach the 2015 goal of a drug-free society?”