During this pandemic, drug cases at the Tabanan Police have increased dramatically.
The increase in the number of drug crimes is allegedly inseparable from the economic crisis due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In fact, since the beginning of January 2021, there have been seven cases with eight people named as suspects.
Based on the data on drug suspects arrested during the pandemic, most of them were new players.
From the backgrounds of the suspects, apart from freelance workers or freelancers, most of them are tourism sector workers who have been laid off.
It was conveyed by the Head of Tabanan Narcotics Police, The Adjunct Police Commissioner I Gede Sudiarna Putra, on Thursday (25/2).
Accompanied by the Head of Public Relations of the Tabanan Police, Iptu Nyoman Subagia, he said that since he took office in 2020, there were 40 drug suspects out of 31 cases that were revealed in Tabanan.
According to The Adjunct Police Commissioner Sudiarna, with difficult economic conditions and instead of being able to earn income, currently, many people have fallen into despair and took shortcuts to the world of narcotics.
Apart from workers in the local Bali tourism sector, some of the suspects also previously worked as Indonesian migrant workers or better known as cruise ship workers.
“They explain that because of the pandemic, they are desperate to become drug couriers,” said Sudiarna Putra regretfully.
Furthermore, Sudiarna Putra explained that from the recognition of the suspects, most of them admitted that they had fallen into the world of drugs because the wages they received were quite tempting.
Of the five suspects, two of them were recidivists. While the other three were new players.
I Wayan Eka Putra alias Eka alias Malen, 37, was arrested on Jalan Rambutan, Delod Peken, Tabanan. (Recidivist with evidence of 18 packages of shabu weighing 3,45 grams);
Mohamad Zahri Amin alias Robin aka Saipul, 31, arrested on Jalan A. Yani Kediri, Tabanan (Recidivist with 3 packages of crystal methamphetamine weighing 135,10 grams);
I Wayan Suryantika alias Penyok, 33, arrested in Selemadeg Timur (a packet of shabu weighing 0,30 grams);
and Teguh Eko Susanto alias Ekok, 42 , and I Kade Agus Sandiawan alias Dogler, 29, both were arrested in Banjar Sema, Kediri, Tabanan (7 packs of crystal meth weighing 1,45 grams).
As a result of their actions, the five suspects were charged under Article 114 paragraph (1) or both Article 112 paragraph (1) of Law number 35 of 2009 concerning Narcotics, with the threat of a minimum sentence of 5 years and a maximum of 20 years.
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