College Students Face Possible Death Penalty for Selling Drugs

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By : Jakarta Globe | on 8:47 PM August 25, 2014
Category : News, Crime

Ecstasy pills are shown in this US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) handout. (Reuters Photo) Ecstasy pills are shown in this US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) handout. (Reuters Photo)

Jakarta. Two college students are facing a maximum penalty of death for allegedly distributing illegal drugs in a West Jakarta night club, the anti-drug body said on Monday.

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrested Cye, 26, and Angelo, 27, for allegedly selling drugs at the nightclub where they both work. Cye is a waiter while Angelo does public relations for the club.

BNN spokesman Sumirat Dwiyanto, said the pair started to sell drugs after meeting a Malaysian customer who suggested the scheme.

"Their involvement started with an offer by Cye's guest, who is a Malaysian. They agreed to split the profit: 65 percent for the guest as a distributor and 35 percent for Cye [as a reseller]," Sumirat said.

The BNN spokesman said Cye and the Malaysian, identified as A.G. planned to distribute 515 ecstasy pills in several clubs in Jakarta. Sumirat said the drugs were in a package sent from the Netherlands.

"On Thursday officers arrested Angelo, who came to pick up the package at a post office in West Jakarta, the investigation then led to Cye," he said.

"BNN is still tracing down where exactly the drugs came from. We will work with the Dutch police ... We will also cooperate with Malaysian police to arrest the Malaysian who offered the drugs to Cye," Sumirat said.

The spokesman said both Indonesian suspects were registered as students; Cye in Jakarta and Angelo in Bandung. Police have conducted tests and concluded that both were drug users.

Sumirat said Cye and Angelo would be charged with violating articles 112, 113 and 114 of the 2009 narcotics law.

"The maximum sentence is life in prison, or death," he said.

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