Police in Central Java arrested the warden of Purworejo's prison for allegedly dealing drugs, officials said on Wednesday (17/01). (Antara Photo/Galih Pradipta)

Prison Warden Arrested for Dealing Drugs in Central Java


JANUARY 18, 2018

Jakarta. Police in Central Java arrested the warden of Purworejo's prison for allegedly dealing drugs, officials said on Wednesday (17/01).

The warden, known by his initials CAS, was arrested earlier on Monday after a tip-off from the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) that suspected his involvement in a drug-trafficking ring led by Christian Kusuma, aka Sancai, Antara news agency reported.

"Sancai transferred money to the warden CAS from bank accounts belonging to SUH and SUN," BNN head Budi Waseso said, referring to the initials of two other suspects in the case.

Budi said CAS received a total of 18 money transfers worth more than Rp 300 million ($22,500).

The prison warden met Sancai in Nusakambangan, the notorious maximum-security prison island off the south coast of Java near Cilacap, before the latter was transferred to the Pekalongan prison, also in Central Java.

CAS was the warden of a correctional facility for drug traffickers in the island prison before he was moved to the prison in Purworejo.

Sancai’s drug-trafficking ring, which he ran from inside his cell, was discovered by BNN investigators after a police officer who tried to bribe one of the officials was caught and gave them the information.

The police officer is now in custody.

Investigators have also arrested SUH and SUN in separate places in Central Java and Sancai's assistants, SA and CC, in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan.

SA and CC's role in the ring was to collect money from customers and put it in a bank account under CC's name.

CAS has been freed off his duties until the conclusion of the BNN investigation.

"We've appointed an acting warden to replace CAS temporarily," Corrections Directorate General spokesman Ade Kusmanto told the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday.

A total of 18 prison wardens and guards were dismissed from their posts in 2017 for being involved in drug rings.

The directorate general has a plan to isolate high-risk drug convicts in special prisons in Nusakambangan to cut off communication with other ring members, Ade said.

"We're still in the middle of a war against drugs," he said.

Any prison staff found to be involved in drug smuggling will face heavy punishment, Ade said.

The Purworejo prison warden and the other suspects face a maximum of 15 years in jail if convicted.