KOMPAS.com – Three inmates comprising two Nigerians and an Indonesian at the Cilegon Prison in Banten, West Java were allegedly involved in drug trafficking from the Middle East.
The two Nigerian nationals CKD and UC as well as an Indonesian who identified by initial ND were involved in the illegal drug trade of 1.1 tons of methamphetamine or locally known as sabu.
“Upon receiving the information, the Banten Police moved quickly and inform the Cilegon Prison to immediately search the two foreigners. During the search, three cellphones and 18 small packets of methamphetamine were found,” State News Antara quoted the head of the Cilegon Prison Erry Taruna on Monday, June 14.
Erry added that he would conduct investigations on any corrections officers who allegedly conspired to smuggle the cellphones in the prison. He also said that the three inmates have already been handed over to the Banten Police for further investigations.
“The three inmates are suspected of being involved in a network controlling the distribution of 1.1 tons of methamphetamine in the Jakarta and Bogor areas,” Erry said.
Previously, the National Police chief General Listyo Sigit said that the police have thwarted the smuggling of 1.1 tons of methamphetamine, involving foreign inmates in the Cilegon Prison.
“The illegal drug network in the Middle East, as well as foreigners and Indonesian inmates in Cilegon Prison, were conspired to smuggle the drugs,” said Listyo in the Jakarta Police headquarters.
Listyo said that this was the umpteenth attempt of smuggling illegal drugs into Indonesia by the Middle East drug traffickers. Previously, the police also confiscated 2.5 tons of methamphetamine after foiling a drug-smuggling attempt involving an international criminal syndicate from the Middle East.
(Editor: David Oliver Purba)