Bandung, W Java The West Java Police’s Internal Affairs Division (Propam) detained 12 police officers, including the chief of Astanaanyar district police precinct, on grounds of allegedly consuming a narcotics drug, a police spokesperson stated.
“The Propam officers continue to grill them,” West Java Police spokesperson Sen. Coms. Erdi A. Chaniago told local journalists in Bandung, the capital of West Java Province, on Wednesday.
This drug offense could be exposed owing to a report by local residents on alleged drug misuse at the Astanaanyar police precinct in Bandung City filed at Indonesia’s National Police headquarters, he stated.
In order to follow up on the public report, the West Java Police’s Propam officers arrived at the Astanaanyar police precinct to conduct urine tests on the 12 cops, but the test results are yet unavailable, Chaniago noted.
The Propam officers continue to probe the case, and if the cops are found guilty of consuming the narcotics drug, they will be sanctioned, ranging from a reduction in ranks to dismissal.
Domestic and transnational drug dealers view Indonesia as a potential market owing to its large population and millions of drug users. Drug trade in Indonesia is valued at almost Rp66 trillion.
Data indicated that people from all strata of society are falling prey to drugs regardless of their socio-economic and professional background.
In November last year, a police officer in Deli Serdang District, North Sumatra Province, for instance, was sacked over his involvement in a drug-related offense.
The dismissal of Chief Brigadier F. S. was announced at a roll call, led by deputy chief of the Deli Serdang Police Precinct, Adjunct Sen. Coms. Julianto P. Sirait, on November 23, 2020.
“Through this roll call, it is declared that Chief Brigadier F. S. is longer a police officer,” he remarked.
In June 2020, a policeman was arrested for consuming drugs at a hotel in Mataram, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara Province.
The policeman, identified as EW, and three other people were reportedly caught consuming crystal methamphetamine during a drug raid and placed under police custody. During the raid, 19 grams of crystal meth were also seized.
In July 2020, some 260 policemen in South Sumatra had undergone a rehabilitation program to recover from drug addiction.
Source: Antara News