Since the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic struck Bali’s tourism-based economy, the unemployment rate rose to all-time highs. Unfortunately for some, they turned to illegal alternatives to make a living. Previous tour guide, Puguh Sujarwo (29), from East Java found himself in the illegal drug trade after facing loss of work in the tourism sector.
Jobless Sujarwo was tempted when he received an offer from a drug dealer to transport narcotics for a payment of USD 21.3 (IDR300k) to USD 35.5 (IDR500k) per week. According to data from the Panel of Judges, I Made Pasek said that Sujarwo began this illegal activity in April 2020, and was arrested by the officers in August 2020.
The trial had been ongoing since Sujarwo’s arrest on August 12/20. He was caught by officers as he attempted to transport the narcotics through Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai Suwung, South Denpasar. Sujarwo was arrested with evidence including a package of methamphetamine weighing 46.66 grams and 3 pills of ecstasy.
“Puguh has been sentenced with 10 years imprisonment and a fine of USD 71.1 (IDR 1 billion)” said Made Pasek on Wednesday (27/1). Sujarwo explained that he had been working for a drug dealer known by his street name “the uncle” prior to his arrest. Puguh pleaded guilty and accepted the sentence from the judges during the trial on Wednesday (27/1).