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Bali Narcotic Arrests Up by More than 40%

Reflecting Increased Pressure from Police on Drug Abuse, Police Report Huge Increase in Drug Prosecutions.

(12/26/2005) With the last week in the year yet to run, Bali police report a 41.6% increase in narcotic arrests in 2005 as compared to 2004. Year to date for 2005, police have incarcerated 432 people on drug-related charges, with 22 from that total (5%) comprised of foreign detainees.

In 2004, 314 people were detained in narcotic busts by Bali police, 19 of which (6%) were foreigners.

In making their wrap-up for the year, Bali's narcotics division gave full marks to the outgoing Police of Chief, Irjen. Made Mangku Pastika, who has lead the crackdown on drug use in Bali, including regular sweeps of Kampung Flores - an area of the island notorious for illicit drug use.

Interim totals provided by the Police indicate thus far in 2005 they have seized 8.8356 kilograms of heroin, 12.096 kilograms of marijuana, 471 grams of hashish, 10.7 grams of cocaine, 239.7 grams of sabu-sabu (crystal meth) and 2,101 ecstasy pills.