Jakarta Police have arrested eight suspected members of a transnational drug-trafficking ring and seized Rp 251 billion ($26 million) worth of drugs, including 85,000 ecstasy pills stashed inside a motorcycle storage compartment.
On Wednesday, the police arrested three people — G.Y.M., A.H. and M.H. — in the parking lot of the Husada Hospital in West Jakarta who were in possession of two kilograms of methamphetamine.
Sr. Comr. Rikwanto, the city police spokesman, said on Wednesday that the suspects were arrested separately following an initial bust on Sept. 18 in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.
In the first raid, he said, officers from the police’s anti-narcotics unit arrested two men, identified only as L.P. and C.A., who allegedly sold ecstasy pills from their motorcycle by the side of the road.
Testimonies from L.P. and C.A. led police to M.I., a suspected dealer who was arrested at his apartment in Kelapa Gading with a stash of 25,000 ecstasy pills, 268.5 grams of methamphetamine and 280 nimetazepam pills, a hypnotic drug known locally as Happy Five.
A fourth suspect, E., was later arrested in Kapuk, West Jakarta, where 245,000 ecstasy pills were seized.
Rikwanto said that E. claimed to have obtained the drugs from someone identified as I., who has not been found.
His testimony also led to the arrest of B.S. at the upscale Pantai Indah Kapuk residential estate in North Jakarta, where police discovered about 450,000 ecstasy pills.
“According to B.S., all the drugs came from someone called L., who we are still searching for,” the spokesman said.
Sr. Comr. Nugroho Aji, the police’s anti-narcotics director, said the drugs were all believed to have been smuggled in from Malaysia.
“We don’t know just yet how they entered Jakarta, but it’s clear that they come from outside the country,” Nugroho said.
He added that the suspects’ testimonies indicated that the original shipment of ecstasy pills alone from Malaysia amounted to 850,000 pills.
“Of that total, the syndicate had already managed to distribute some 45,000 pills,” he said.
The drugs are believed to have been destined for other major cities across the country, with Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra, comprising the biggest markets, Nugroho said.
Zaky Pawas | October 05, 2012