State-Owned Airport Operator Partners With BNN to Fight Drug Trafficking

BNN Chief Budi Waseso and Angkasa Pura I Director Danang S. Baskoro after signing an agreement to prevent drug trafficking at airports on Friday (17/02). (BNN Photo)

By : Thresa Sandra Desfika & Eko Prasetyo | on 4:42 PM February 17, 2017
Category : News, Crime

Jakarta. State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I has signed an agreement with the National Anti-Narcotics Agency, known as BNN, to improve cooperation to stop the distribution and trafficking of narcotics across the archipelago, especially through the 13 airports managed by the operator.

Angkasa Pura I Director Danang S. Baskoro and BNN Chief Budi Waseso signed the agreement on Friday (17/02).

"We will help BNN in their war on drugs," Danang said in Jakarta.

"Indonesia is one of the biggest targets for drug traffickers, who work as part of national and transnational networks. Airports are extremely vulnerable as one of the gateways for narcotic shipments from all over the world," he added.

The new partnership covers six main points, with the first being encouraging more sharing of information on drug dealers and their networks between the two state institutions.

The second point urges both institutions to stage anti-narcotics campaigns within the premises of airports managed by Angkasa Pura.

The third point concerns the airport operator’s more active role in stopping drug trafficking.

The other points spell out the rules and regulations for random drug tests at airports, more extensive exchanges of drug-trafficking data and information and allowing the anti-narcotics agency to have complete access to the 13 Angkasa Pura airport when investigating drug-related crimes.

According to Danang, the first step of the agreement is to conduct training, supervised by BNN, for aviation security officials.

"We also hope to install new screening tools at our airports," Danang said.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in 2015 that the Southeast Asian nation is being used as a major hub for drug trafficking thanks to its large young population.

According to UNODC, there were 3.7 million to 4.7 million drug users in Indonesia in 2011.

About 1.2 million of them consumed crystal methamphetamine, while 950,000 others consumed ecstasy.

There were also 2.8 million cannabis users and 110,000 heroin addicts.

By BNN's reckoning, there are around 5.6 million drug users in the country.

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