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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Indonesia: Cop at Center of 13-Kilo Meth Bust Won’t Be Fired Until After Conviction

Meth bust by BNN agents in Indonesia (File photo)
Jakarta. Police in East Java say they will fire an officer accused of involvement in trafficking 13 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine – but only if he is convicted of the offense.

Insp. Gen. Anas Yusuf, the provincial police chief, said there would be “no leniency” for the suspect, identified only by the initials A.L.

“Once there is legal certainty” – meaning a conviction by a court – “we will immediately hand down a punishment” – dismissal – “through an ethics tribunal,” he said in Surabaya on Wednesday as quoted by Tempo.

A.L., a member of the police force in neighboring Sidoarjo district, was arrested last month in a series of busts that netted 13 kilograms of crystal meth. A.L. claimed to have obtained the drugs from an inmate at Surabaya’s Medaeng Penitentiary, but the prison warden has dismissed the allegation as unfounded and an attempt to pass the blame.

A.L.’s case is the latest in a litany of drug crimes allegedly committed by law enforcement officers, including prison guards.

Two prison guards, Dedy Romadi and Bayu Anggit Permana, were arrested in separate cases last month for trafficking in crystal meth, increasingly the drug of choice among Indonesian users.

Bayu, who worked at Batu Penitentiary on the prison island of Nusakambangan, off the Central Java coast, was arrested in mid-May in possession of 364 grams of crystal meth that he claimed to have gotten from an inmate on the island – the same location where eight drug convicts, seven of them foreign nationals, were killed by firing squad on April 29.

Dedy, from Bandung’s Banceuy prison for drug offenders, was arrested at a Central Jakarta mall on May 22 while allegedly carrying out a drug transaction. He subsequently led investigators to a stash of more than 16 kilograms of crystal meth and 778 ecstasy pills.

He was fired from the corrections department on June 1, but bizarrely allowed to retain his perks as a civil servant, including lifetime pension and health insurance.

Another prison guard, Imron from Central Jakarta’s Cipinang Penitentiary, was fired this past Monday and stripped of all his benefits for allegedly aiding in the trafficking of crystal meth by notorious drug kingpin Freddy Budiman, who was serving a death sentence at the prison. Freddy was subsequently moved to a prison on Nusakambangan, where he is reportedly still running his trafficking ring.

Drug seizures are common at prisons on Nusakambangan, where officials have a history for being complicit in allowing prisoners to set up meth labs.

Source: Jakarta Globe, June 10, 2015

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