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Police and Customs Officials Alarmed at Rapid Increase in Bali Narcotics Cases

(6/7/2012) Seputarbali.com reports that for the period January to May 2012, Bali experienced an estimated increase in narcotics cases of between 20% and 30%, as compared to the same period one year before.

The head of daily operations for the National Narcotics Agency in Bali (BNNP-Bali), IGP Budiartha, said the increase in drug cases was just one indication (of the growing drug problem) as further evidenced by the large number of arrests of people trying to smuggle drugs into the island.

He blamed the surge in drug cases on the growing demand for drugs in Bali. For this reason, the top anti-narcotics enforcement officer in Bali is calling for an intensified effort to stamp out narcotics use. “If we allow (this) to continue, the cases of criminality involving drugs can threaten the very daily lives of the Balinese people,” Budiartha warned.

Separately, the head of the Ngurah Rai Airport Custom’s office, I Made Wijaya, said that for the period January-May his team had thwarted no les than 8 cases of drug smuggling via the airport. Wijaya added: “All the cases we handled involved foreigners. They appear to be acting as couriers, attempting to bring narcotics onto the island.”

Wijaya expressed his concerns that all indications point towards a significant increase in drug cases in Bali in 2012 as compared to 2011.