Indonesia sets up cooperation with int'l agencies to curb narcotics smuggling

18:33, June 28, 2010      

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Facing the fact that narcotics smuggling activities in the country has increased 300 percent in the past six years, an Indonesian senior police officer said here on Monday that they would seek help from international agencies to eradicate the smuggling.

Head of Police's anti-narcotics task force (BNN) Inspector General Gories Mere said that the cooperation with the international agencies was essential to the anticipate the narcotics smuggling into the country.

Gories said that in many cases, narcotics smuggling were frequently involving foreigners. They tried to bring the narcotics in their trips to Indonesia.

He said that the enormous increase of narcotics smuggling to Indonesia proves that Indonesia becomes a lucrative market, not just a stopover for the smugglers to pass it over to other countries.

Crystal methamphetamine, popularly known in Indonesia as shabu- shabu, has been the most narcotics smuggled into the country in the past year following the alteration of narcotics preferred by Indonesian junkies.

"The smuggling on Crystal Meth has increased 30 percent from last year. Meanwhile the smuggling of heroine and cocaine have declined 46 and 50 percent respectively," Gories said on the sidelines of ASEAN anti-narcotics agency meeting held here.

Besides the smuggled crystal meth, the BNN also learned that there are small plants set up in Java and Kalimantan that illegally produce crystal meth to supply the robust demand in the country.

The meeting initiated by BNN and its South Korean counterpart was attended by representatives from among others, the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos.



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