Badung Regency National Narcotics Agency (BNNK) revealed the illicit circulation of 9,3 kilograms of dry marijuana, Thursday (29/4) night. BNNK Badung officers secured two suspects, Riski Putra, 40, and Yanuar Efendi alias Yance, 35. The two suspects, who were part of the Medan network, that imported illegal marijuana goods from Sumatra, which were sent via a shipping service with used clothes packaging.
The head of the Badung BNNK, Nyoman Sebudi, said that the suspects Riski Putra and Yanuar Efendi alias Yance were arrested in two different locations. The suspect Riski was first arrested on the side of Jalan Pandu, Banjar Dukuh area, Dalung Village, North Kuta District, Badung, Thursday night at around 19.00.
When ambushed by BNNK Badung officers, the suspect from Jakarta who lives at Jalan Babakan, Canggu Village, North Kuta District, Badung had a plastic sack.
After being searched by officers, it turned out that there were 7 packs of dry marijuana in the plastic sack each weighing more than 1 kilogram per pack. A total of 9,3 kilograms of dried marijuana were secured.
“Apart from 7 packs of dry marijuana, from the hands of the suspect, Riski used clothes were also found. The used clothes were only camouflage so that they could be mistaken for clothing,” said Sebudi.
After being interrogated, said Sebudi, the suspect, Riski, admitted that the 9,3 kilograms of dried marijuana were to be given to the suspect Yance. It was revealed that the suspect Yance lived on Jalan Raya Mahendradatta, West Denpasar.
At around 8:00 p.m. local time, the suspect Yance was immediately arrested by the Badung BNNK officers by the side of the road. When ambushed by officers, the suspect from Malang, East Java, was sitting on the sidewalk of Jalan Mahendradatta, West Denpasar, waiting for the arrival of marijuana from the suspect Riski.
Furthermore, the suspects Yance and Riski, along with evidence in the form of 9 kilograms of dry marijuana, two cellphones, and one pair of jeans were immediately taken to the Badung BNNK office for further investigation. From the results of the interim examination, the two suspects have long been dealers of marijuana. In its circulation, every 1 gram of dry marijuana was sold for IDR 25.000.
According to AKBP Sebudi, apart from acting as dealers, the two suspects were also active users of illicit goods. Each suspect could consume up to 5 grams of dried marijuana in a day. This is evident from the results of urine tests and the confessions of the two suspects.
Until now, BNNK Badung is still conducting in-depth examinations of the two suspects in the possession of 9 kilograms of dry marijuana.
For their actions, suspects Yance and Riski were charged with Article 114 paragraph 2 or Article 111 paragraph 2 in conjunction with Article 132 paragraph 1 of the Republic of Indonesia Law Number 35 of 2009 concerning Narcotics, with the threat of a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Meanwhile, the Head of the Bali National Narcotics Agency, Brigadier General Pol Drs. Gde Sugianyar Dwi Putra revealed that the two suspects in possession of 9,3 kilograms of dry marijuana were a part of the Medan network. Suspect Riski is an accomplice to suspect Yance. “The two suspects do not have permanent jobs in Bali,” explained Brigadier General Sugianyar.
According to Brigadier General Sugianyar, previously the suspect Yance worked as a bartender. However, since the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, suspect Yance was sent home.
Sugianyar said the two suspects brought in 9,3 kilograms of dried marijuana from Sumatra, by land. The illicit goods were sent from Sumatra via a freight forwarder. The marijuana is put in a sack filled with used clothes as camouflage.
Meanwhile, suspect Yance admitted that before the Covid-19 pandemic, he worked as a bartender in the tourist area of Legian, Kuta District, Badung. After being sent home due to Covid-19, he was invited by his friend to work at a fish shop. However, due to insufficient income, Yance took up as a marijuana dealer.
“I was forced to become a marijuana dealer because I had a pressing need, mainly to pay for the boarding house and daily necessities,” said suspect Yance.
photo by: Berita Bali