The Tabanan police department has confirmed that most arrested drug traffickers used to work in the tourism sector.
The Head of the Tabanan Narcotic Investigation Bureau, AKP I Gede Sudiantara Putra, confirmed that the surge of narcotic cases in the Tabanan region is an effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is because the pandemic caused many tourism workers to lose their jobs.
“The current financial crisis has caused the number of drug traffickers in Tabanan to rise. The number of traffickers is even bigger than the consumers,” AKP Sudiantara said on Friday (17/12).
Meanwhile, the Head of the Tabanan Police Department, AKBP Ranefli Dian Candra, stated that the number of narcotic cases in Bali has increased over the past year.
Many of them were tempted to get involved in this illegal business as they made easy cash from every transaction they made. This is after they got laid off and became unable to provide for their families.
“From 31 narcotic cases in 2020, we have 39 cases this year. That’s around a 30 percent increase,” AKBP Candra said. The Tabanan police department also seized more evidence this year compared to 2020.
“We’ve managed to seize a lot more evidence such as meth, marijuana, and ecstasy during our operations this year. The number of drug traffickers arrested has also surged, from only 12 suspects in 2020 to 43 suspects this year,” AKBP Candra concluded.
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