Monday, April 4, 2011

Jailed Policeman Named Drug-Ring Leader

DENPASAR

A crooked policeman serving time in Karangasem Jail has been revealed as the leader of a methamphetamine ring that operated from the prison and supplied a string of drug sellers in Badung regency.

Six suspects were caught red-handed on March 16 by Badung Police. They told police they had obtained the drugs from two prisoners at Karangasem Jail, one of them the jailed former policeman who is serving a sentence for drug crimes. Police named him as Bhuana Lalang and his prison accomplice as Kadek Ari.

The six street drug sellers, two of them women, were named by police as Ayu Krishna, 22; Wayan Darma, 30; Nyoman Agus Rupawan also known as Bayan; Ayu Eka Krisnawati, 25; Komang Ayu Dewi, 24; and Komang Kantun, 30.

They were arrested at different locations in Badung and Denpasar. Police seized 14 packages of drugs and equipment.

Badung’s chief detective, Adnyana Soma, said later the six were still being questioned.

Soma said the Karangasem Jail link was still under investigation. The Bali case came to light at the same time as last week’s big bust at Nusakambangan Jail in Java.

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