Batam. The police said on Friday that an inmate at Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta likely controlled the import of illicit drugs from Malaysia to the Riau Islands, a province off the coast of Sumatra.
The inmate, identified only as Rafiq, a citizen of Pakistan, is a drug convict serving a 20-year prison term, Riau Islands Police narcotics director Adj. Sr. Comr. Agus Rohmad said.
Agus said the police began investigating after a package with 4.5 grams of ketamine, a raw material for ecstasy pills, was found at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, in early July. The substance was hidden inside a diaper.
“The raw material for ecstasy was sent from Malaysia, going through Singapore and then entering Indonesia through Batam,” Agus said in Batam on Friday.
He said the police tried to identify the sender and receiver by allowing the package to be delivered to where it was addressed, in Jakarta. From the capital, the package was sent to Surabaya and then back to Jakarta to someone identified only as Herman.
“He [Herman] said he had been ordered by a Cipinang Penitentiary inmate, Rafiq. The Pakistani citizen was sentenced to 20 years in jail in a narcotics case,” Agus said, as quoted by Indonesian news portal kompas.com.
Agus said the police strongly suspected that Rafiq was part of an international drug syndicate operating mainly in Malaysia and Indonesia.
“The National Police headquarters is currently handling the case,” Agus said.