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Cold Turkey at Bali's Prisons

Narcotic Sting that Nets Chief of Security at Bali's Kerobokan Prison Prompts Drug Sweeps at all Bali Detention Centers.

(9/15/2007) Temp Interaktif reports that Bali's Chief of Police, Inspector General Paulus Purwoko, has ordered anti-narcotic raids at all of Bali's prisons. The order follows the recent capture and arrest of Muhammad Sudrajad, the Chief of Security at Bali's Kerobokan for his alleged involvement a narcotics transaction and further reports of his involvement in a large drug ring at the prison.

Chief Purwoko said that the raids would be carried out without prior notice at sporadic intervals at all Bali's prisons to paralyze the illegal drug trade being carried out behind prison walls.

Sudrajad is now being held at Bali's police headquarters following his arrest while in possession of 2.45 grams of heroin that he was trying to sell to an undercover cop. The "sting" operation was launched by police following reports of Sudrajad's involvement in narcotics dealing at the Kerobokan prison and the issuance of repeated warnings by Warden Ilham Jaya to prison guards to avoid any involvement with narcotics.

In related news, the Government has secured a 12 hectare site in West Sumatra on which to build a special prison solely for the incarceration of narcotics offenders. When completed, the special needs prison facility will house between 800-1,000 prisoners.