Law enforcers are urged to actively exchange information following the recent discovery of 21 new types of narcotics by the country’s drugs agency and three new types by the National Police.
Aboebakar Al-Habsyi, member of the legal commission at the House of Representatives, said the exchange of information would enable each institution to identify the drugs easily.
They are also urged to immediately coordinate with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights to include the drugs in the list of new drugs categorized as narcotics under the anti-narcotics law.
“So that the users, dealers and producers can be charged with the existing law,” Aboebakar said.
He said the authorities had to respond seriously to the emergence of the new drug types.
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN), he added, needs to increase public awareness of the new drug types in order to prevent them from being abused.
“By creating awareness, the public will be informed and can identify their forms and potential impact of the illegal drug types. One thing is for certain and that is cooperation among various parties is needed to curb the illegal distribution of narcotics because the danger is very real especially for the future of Indonesia’s younger generation,” he said.
The National Police’s narcotics division has arrested nine people believed to be part of an international drug-smuggling network with nodes in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and several other countries. During a joint bust by the National Police, Jakarta Police, West Jakarta Police and the Finance Ministry’s Directorate General of Customs and Excise, officers confiscated 6 kilograms of methamphetamine and several drug variants relatively new to the country, such as methylone, kratom, LSD, phenethylamines and piperazine.
“We discovered several types of new narcotics and we have also seized evidence from several suspects. They are currently being investigated,” Brig. Gen. Arman Depari, the National Police’s anti-narcotics director, said on Monday.
He called on the public to remain cautious about the illegal distribution of narcotics, saying the new drugs seemed harmless but they were actually very dangerous. “It turns out that these types of narcotics are quite harmful. They are easy to consume but the reactions they cause are hallucination and depression,” he said.
“Of the seven drug types publicized by UN Police in 2013, five have been discovered in Indonesia. The two others are synthetic and are hardly used or no longer exist in Indonesia.” Arman added that the nine suspects were arrested in separate places.
The United Nations on Friday sounded the alarm over record seizures of methamphetamine across much of Asia as the illegal drug floods streets and nightclubs.
Seizures of the potent drug also increased.