Two drug users arrested in Papua state in Indonesia
Most illegal narcotics are being distributed by criminals within prisons, government officials say
Two drug users were arrested in two locations in Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost state, on Monday.
Papua police spokesperson Ahmad Kamals said a suspect named Maikel, also known as Koko, was caught with four packs of crystal methamphetamine and a bong [smoking implement] near the Youtefa area, Antara News reported.
A second suspected drug user named Acan was arrested in Kotaraja. The two men told authorities that an inmate in the Doyo Baru Narcotics Prison gave them the drugs.
A report by the National Narcotics Agency said about 50 Indonesians die of drug abuse every day. Indonesia is a target market for both local and external drug dealers, given its large drug-using population.
Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the former coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, said about 75% of the drugs distributed in the country were controlled from criminals inside national prisons.
The Indonesian drug trade was worth at least 66 trillion rupiah or US$4.44 billion.
To combat the phenomenon, the government has employed harsh sanctions against the drug market. President Joko Widodo has gone to the extent of ordering shoot-on-sight operations when drug lords are confronted.