Seven drug bust suspects released in Jakarta

January 31, 2013
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Anti-narcotics officials have released seven people nabbed in a drug bust in South Jakarta earlier this week, local media reported on Tuesday (January 29th), though ten others remain in custody.

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    The Jakarta Globe reported that the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrested 17 people at the Lebak Bulus home of TV personality Raffi Ahmad, where they found two marijuana joints and 14 capsules Sunday. Among those still in custody is a former actress turned councillor for the National Mandate Party, Wanda Hamidah. reported that some at the party may have consumed a substance derived from cathinone, which officials say is dangerous and works like ecstasy. The BNN is becoming increasingly concerned by its growing popularity.

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        January 31, 2013 @ 06:01:35PM
      • First and foremost we would like to thank the National Narcotics Bureau (BNN) for their work. We can see from this incident that many who use these vile substances are the rich and well-to-do including celebrities. But this does not mean that the poor do not use narcotics. Herein lies the role of monitoring. This has been the weakness of our nation, delayed progress because we are busy with things that preoccupy our minds and strength. Whereas others have been to the moon we remain in stagnation. Just to compare, why is it that China with its population of more than 1 billion can be both advanced and secure. This is something that warrants the attention of the country's leaders. To that end, let us in the future cultivate a culture in which those who see themselves as unfit willingly step down from leadership. We also see the sons and daughters of this nation who embody the intelligence and virtues needed to build this country but are not given the opportunity to do so. We take the example of the Jakarta floods where we see that it is not without consequence to other areas which, at the very least, experience an increase in the prices of goods. So too should our leaders. Thank you.

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