The ecstasy trade on three continents is controlled by a foreigner

Bekasi metro police have arrested two dealers and seized thousands of ecstasy pills from an international trafficking ring.

The gang is believed to operate across Africa, Asia and Europe and offenders IT, 32, and AI, 25, are believed to have a foreign master who is already in jail.

“Apparently the controller and orderer of the ecstasy is in one of the correctional facilities; the [foreign] the buyers had the initials SHY, RP and AH,” Bekasi Metro Police Chief Commissioner Gidion Arif Setyawan said in a written statement on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

Police are investigating the link between the stranger and two other suspects in the circulation of ecstasy pills. IT and AI were arrested by the police after being strongly suspected of being involved in the circulation of narcotics in an international network.

Their arrests began with public reports of the circulation of ecstasy which was being shipped in parcels from Africa with Indonesia as its final destination.

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According to this information, the police know that there is a plan to send ecstasy from the Congo, through Belgium and Germany, to then end up in Asia in the Jakarta area,said Setyawan.

The police immediately coordinated with the customs office at Soekarno-Hatta airport to check three receipts of packages suspected of containing ecstasy. Based on the results, customs said there were two shipping packages suspected of containing methamphetamine held up at German customs, while another package passed through Indonesia.

Police again coordinated with Soekarno-Hatta Customs and Excise to verify the destination address. However, after verification, the address indicated turned out to be fictitious. Police continued to monitor the routing of packages suspected of containing narcotics.

A few days later, police found instructions for the re-delivery of a package suspected of containing ecstasy pills in the Grand Wisata area of ​​Tambun, Bekasi Regency.

“Finally, we managed to catch a person named IT with a package containing ecstasy pills,” he added.

According to the results of the examination, IT said that the package of ecstasy he had received would be sent to the Tamansari area in West Jakarta. IT provided additional information that led to AI’s arrest in the parking lot of a central Jakarta hospital, where 500 ecstasy tablets were also recovered.

In total, the police obtained evidence of a total of 4,911 pills weighing 2,140.2 grams. The two suspects will now be tried and could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

“Section 114 is a subsidiary of Section 112 regarding Narcotics Act No. 36 of 2009 with a penalty of up to 20 years in prison,” Setyawan concluded.