The Directorate of Drug Crimes (Dittipidnarkoba) of the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Indonesian National Police revealed criminal acts of money laundering (TPPU) from narcotics cases to illegal drug trafficking. Billions of rupiah in cash and assets of the suspects were confiscated.
“When the money and assets add up, it reaches Rp. 338 billion, this is quite a large amount. This is part of how the National Police and other agencies are trying to optimally eradicate narcotics in the country,” said Karo Penmas of the Public Relations Division of the National Police Brigadier General Rusdi Hartono at the National Police Criminal Investigation Unit, South Jakarta, Thursday (16/12/2021).
According to Rusdi, narcotics crime is an organized crime. The problem has become a scourge throughout the world, including Indonesia.
“Police continue to strive optimally and also cooperate with other relevant agencies in the context of eradicating drug crimes,” said the one-star general.
Dittipidnarkoba investigated ML in three cases, namely the distribution of narcotics of the type ecstasy, methamphetamine and the circulation of illegal hard drugs. There are a total of seven suspects in the three cases.
Meanwhile, the Director of Narcotics Crime at the National Police, Brigadier General Krisno Holoman Siregar, said the first case involved a suspect with the initials ARW. The ARW suspect is currently languishing in the Nusa Kambangan Penitentiary.
“Because the life sentence for the case revealed by the Drugs and Drug Administration Agency in 2017 at one of the nightclubs in Denpasar City,” said Krisno.
Krisno said ARW was arrested for circulating ecstasy at a nightclub in Bali in 2017. A total of 20,000 ecstasy pills were confiscated from ARW, who is the manager of the nightclub.
Then, the police investigated the alleged money laundering offense in the ARW case. The police have strong evidence that ARW bought the house and land with the illicit money.
“We confiscated houses and land assets spread across Medan in the form of shop houses, some in the provinces of Bali, Denpasar, Badung and some in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB),” said Krisno.
The police are currently filing the money laundering case for suspect ARW. The police will submit it to the Prosecutor’s Office for trial when it is completed.
Second, the case of distributing methamphetamine arrested in 2015 with a suspect with the initials HS. HS, who is the courier controller, is known to use illicit money to buy houses, land and motor vehicles.
“We confiscated several assets in the form of a house in one of the housing estates in Medan, then a Lexus car and many in the form of land and buildings, there was also an account that was used as a means of drug payment transactions,” said Krisno.
The third case, the distribution of illegal hard drugs, was revealed in two factories in the Yogyakarta area some time ago. Five suspects were arrested in this case.
Krisno admitted to getting cash in this case from one of the suspects. The money that had been confiscated was 2 million Singapore dollars, IDR 2.75 billion, and a number of accounts.
“In this case, we also confiscated several assets in the form of land in Kawarang, houses and buildings which we believe were obtained from the production of illegal drugs,” said Krisno.
Krisno emphasized that drug prosecution is not enough just to confiscate evidence. The police must implement an impoverishment strategy against the perpetrators of crime.
“So the eradication effort can be maximized,” said Krisno.