Lampung police seize 15 kg of crystal meth and arrest three suspects

Bandarlampung, Lampung (ANTARA) – Police officers in the Mesuji district of Lampung province arrested three suspected drug couriers on Saturday who were transporting 15 kg of crystal methamphetamine on the Trans Sumatra toll road.

Cops stopped a black Avanza van used by the suspects to transport the drug package on the Simpang Pematang section of the Trans Sumatra Toll Road, Mesuji Deputy Police Chief Sen.Coms.Yuli Haryudo said.

The suspects, identified as Afdal (32), Hendri Khaidir (50) and Eri Yanto (49), were driving the car with license plate B-2165-TOL, he told ANTARA who l contacted from the town of Bandarlampung on Sunday.

According to the head of the first inspector of the narcotics unit of the Mesuji police station, Muhammad Nufi, the confiscated crystal meth package included 15 packages covered with Chinese “Qing Shan” tea bags. The suspects put them in a black purse.

Local police officers carried out an anti-drug operation after being informed that there would be a drug smuggling operation in the Mesuji police administrative area, he said.

Based on the tip, the cops thoroughly checked a van passing through the Simpang Pematang toll. As a result, they found a bag containing the drug pack from the car, he said.

The three suspects remain in police custody for further investigation, Nufi added.

Indonesia remains under serious threat from drug traffickers, with a significant portion of its working-age population trapped in the vicious circle of drug addiction.

According to the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), at least 50 Indonesians die every day from drug use. Statistics have failed to deter drug addicts in the country from consuming banned substances.

Users of crystal meth, narcotics, marijuana and other types of addictive drugs come from all communities and from distinct socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Indonesia is seen by national and transnational drug traffickers as a potential market due to its huge population and millions of drug users. The drug trade in the country is estimated to have reached at least Rs 66 trillion.

The Indonesian government has continued to apply harsh punitive measures against kingpins discovered in smuggling and drug trafficking over the past decades.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo had also issued shoot-on-sight orders against the drug lords.

However, this failed to deter the drug traffickers, and they continued to treat Indonesia as one of their main markets, even as Indonesian law enforcement continued to crack down on them.

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