JAKARTA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian police have handled 19,229 drug smuggling cases and arrested 24,878 suspects from January to June 2021, a police officer said on Wednesday.
The National Police Chief Listyo Sigit said the suspects hid drugs in packages of imported goods or smuggled them from ships to ships through small ports.
In these cases, officers confiscated 7,696 kg of crystal methamphetamine, 2,100 kg of marijuana, 7.3 kg of heroin, 34.3 kg of gorilla tobacco, and 239,277 ecstasy pills.
Sigit explained that the drugs entered Indonesia from the Golden Triangle syndicate on areas bordering Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos, the Golden Crescent syndicate in Afghanistan, and the Indonesia-Netherlands network.
To keep the young generations away from drugs, the police have formed a Zero Narcotics Village movement, which encourages local residents to actively monitor their living areas and report on drug cases.