Upon examining the results of a recent drug operation, the Police Department said that 50% of drug trafficking in Bali is controlled by inmates in Bali prisons.
Head of Narcotics Investigation, Bali Police Department, Kombes Pol Muhamad Khozin said that Antik Agung, a police operation to eradicate drug trafficking in Bali, found that about 50% of drug circulation was controlled from Kerobokan prison in Badung.
“Around 40 to 50 percent of the drugs were being controlled by inmates from Kerobokan and Banyuwangi prison,” Kombes Khozin said during a press conference on Tuesday (23/2).
He recorded that the criminal organization had been managing operations through communication from within the prison.
From the total 72 suspects that have been arrested during Antik Agung Operation between February 7 – 19, many were linked to the prison syndicate. Officers uncovered 64 narcotics cases during the operation.
“From total 72 suspects, 60 percent of them were the dealer and the rest were just users,” Kombes Khozin added.
He also explained that the suspects consisted of 68 local people and 4 ex-pats. “The number of cases from the operation in 2021 is higher in comparison with 2020,” Khozin concluded.
He noted that drug cases in Bali have shown an increase since the financial crisis brought forth by the pandemic. The lack of economic activity has led to an influx in unemployment, which is being linked to the rise in criminal activity.
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