Sanggau: The Sanggau Prosecutor Office has demanded death penalty for kingpin M. Effendi, or bin Phan Cin Kian, on charges of possession of 7.2 kilograms (kg) of crystal methamphetamine and 21,727 ecstasy pills.
The public prosecutor demanded the death penalty during a court trial at the Sanggau District Court, West Kalimantan, led by judge I Ketut Somansa.
The next trial will be held on February 19, 2019, with reading of the defense note as the main agenda.
The Sanggau court earlier issued verdicts to Effendi's network members, Suprayogi alias Yoyok, who was awarded death penalty, and Andi Alfen, who was announced imprisonment of 15 years and imposed a fine of Rp1.5 billion.
Yoyok and Alfen were arrested on March 26, 2018, by personnel of the National Narcotic Agency (BNN) for carrying 72 kg methamphetamine and 21,727 ecstasy pills in Simpang Tanjung in Tayang Hulu Sub-district in Sanggau District.
Another suspect, with the initials CU, a member of the same network, is still at large.
According to BNN, Indonesia is indeed perceived by both local and trans-national drug dealers as their potential market because of its huge population and millions of drug users.
Quoting BNN's statistical data, some 50 Indonesians die of illicit drugs every day, while the total number of drug users in the country has reached seven million, and the value of the drug trade in the country is estimated to have reached at least Rp66 trillion.
Considering the above reality, drug trafficking activities have appeared to be an ongoing threat to Indonesia's security and human resources.