100 Malaysians in Indonesian prisons for drug offences
KUALA LUMPUR: More than 100 Malaysians are being detained in Indonesian prisons since 2009 for various drug-related offences.
Federal narcotics director Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim said most of them were arrested between 2009 and last year.
"The number of arrests decreased drastically this year," he said, adding that up until last month, 19 people were arrested by the Indonesian authorities for drug trafficking.
"Some were also used as drug mules. They were trying to smuggle drugs from foreign countries into Indonesia," he said.
Most of the drugs seized were amphetamines.
Noor Rashid also said that he had recently headed a team which Indonesia to discuss the drug-related issues as well as the arrests of Malaysians and Indonesians in both countries.
The three-day visit last week was one of many efforts spear-headed by Malaysian police to build a better relationship with their Indonesian counterparts in combating the drug menace.
"We have the same goals and concerns. We discussed at length what we could do to curb drug smuggling activities into our respective countries."
Noor Rashid. said the cooperation between both countries have been good over the years and proved to be fruitful.
He also said Malaysian policethis year managed to foil more than four attempts to smuggle drugs worth more than RM2 million into Indonesia.
The arrests were made in Sabah, Penang and Kedah in July and August where the suspects tried to smuggle syabu and psychotropic pills through the sea.
All those arrested were Indonesians who are now facing the gallows if convicted.