Bali Police have arrested a nightclub bouncer in Kuta during a raid on Wednesday evening. Police have confirmed the arrest of a 45-year-old doorman who was found to be distributing narcotics to party-goers. Police are carrying out a series of raids on party and entertainment venues in Bali ahead of the New Year celebrations.
Speaking to the press shortly after the arrest, the Head of the Eradication Division for the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) in Bali, Putu Agus Arjaya, said, “The case is currently under investigation by the BNN Bali”. He confirmed that 30 pills suspected to be ecstasy had been delivered to the forensic laboratory for investigation.
Arjaya said that the doorman was caught by the BNN and police during raids on nightlife venues ahead of the 2023 New Year festivities. The raids have been conducted on venues in Kuta and Seminyak. Arjaya said, “This sweeping activity is not to frighten or disturb the public and managers and visitors to nightclubs…This is a form of the state’s presence to guard and protect society from the threat of drug abuse and illicit trafficking ahead of the new year”.
Arjaya said that the name of the venue would remain out of the public domain as the investigation remains ongoing. Though he did say the bouncer “was caught distributing narcotics to visitors, whose case is currently under investigation at the BNNP Bali”.
He said that as Bali becomes an increasingly popular destination for New year celebrations, everything must be done to keep tourists and residents safe. One way of doing this, he explained, is by being proactive in anticipating the trafficking of drugs.
The BNN spokesperson said, “Yes, it needs to be handled seriously and carefully. For this reason, in order to keep Bali clean from drugs ahead of Christmas and the New Year, we are holding a sweeping”. He ended his statement by calling on the public to enjoy the holidays safely.
He said, “Happy is okay, as long as you don’t use drugs. Let’s take care of ourselves and the environment from drugs for a better and healthier life without drugs”. The news of the drug bust at a Bali nightclub comes just weeks after the BNN Bali and Ngurah Rai intercepted two large shipments of drugs set for disruption around the island over the holidays of the new year.
On Friday, 25th November, Bali police arrested an ‘old player’ in the drugs scene in Bali. 40-year-old Andi Prayitno was arrested at a hotel in Legian after weeks of surveillance. They arrested him in possession of one kilogram of methamphetamine and 2,000 ecstasy pills.
Shortly after the arrest, the Head of the Denpasar Police, Kombes Pol Bambang Yugo Pamungkas, said, “Members conducted an investigation for about two weeks. It is known that this suspect was going to take items deposited at a hotel in Legian. After taking the items deposited right in the hotel lobby, members immediately ambushed him”.
Police shared that Prayitno did not put up a fight and, during interrogation, told them that he had received IDR 1 million for receiving the shipment. He informed police that he was due to be paid more once he had cut and distributed the drugs to the dealers and runners as instructed by his superiors.
On Wednesday, 7th December, Bali’s BNN successfully seized 200.76 grams of cocaine, with an estimated street value of IDR 1 billion (USD 62,000). During a press conference, Arjaya once again addressed the media. He told reporters that the cocaine was shipped to Indonesia from the UK. The BNN shared their belief that the real masterminds are operating a drug syndicate from outside of Bali, using local people as runners in return for huge salaries.
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