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Slamming the Door on Illegal Drugs in Indonesia

Jakarta and Bali: Major Gateways for Indonesia's Illegal Narcotics Trade.

(7/3/2010) The National Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNN) have cited Jakarta and Bali as the country's major gateways for illicit drugs. As reported by beritabali.com, arrests in recent years of drug syndicate couriers at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport underline these two cities' major attraction to drug cartels.

The head of BNN, Gories Mere, told those in attendance at a South Korean-Indonesian conference on controlling narcotics held in Nusa Dua that the airports of both Bali and Jakarta serve as major conduits for illegal narcotics.

According to Gories, Iran is dominating as a source for the growing supply of illegal narcotics in Indonesia. "There (in Iran) the narcotics cost only Rp. 100 million for one kilogram and can be sold here (in Indonesia) for Rp. 2 billion an increase in price of 2,000%," explained the nations top anti-drug policeman.

Gories estimates that the use of shabu (methamphetamine) in Indonesia has increased by 33% over the past year. Meanwhile, the use of heroin and cocaine is on the decline. However, on the aggregate, BNN estimates that illicit drug use has increased 300% in the period from 2003 until 2009.