Zero tolerance drug program launched at airport


The National Police launched a zero tolerance drug program at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Wednesday as part of an effort to crack down on drug trafficking and drug abuse across the country.

National Police chief Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri said the program would be the vanguard of the national campaign against drugs, often found to have been smuggled into the country through the airport.

“We need to cooperate and conduct a joint study with related parties such as airport and seaport operators, state prosecutors and penitentiaries in an attempt to anticipate and prevent drug-related crime,” Bambang said.

He added that the police had prepared a new measure to stamp out drug offenses, but he declined to go into detail.

A number of the police top brass, including National Police detective chief Comr. Gen, Ito Sumardi and head of the National Narcotics Body Comr. Gen. Gories Mere, and customs and excise, immigration, airport and seaport officials attended the ceremony.

Customs and excise officers at Soekarno-Hatta airport have arrested dozens of foreigners who attempted to smuggle drugs into the country over the past few months.