Just a few days after police arrested a subdistrict police chief in Bekasi, West Java, for drug consumption, another officer has been busted for the same offense.
A female police officer identified as First Insp. R. was arrested after her urine tested positive for drugs, South Jakarta Police Chief Imam Sugianto said on Tuesday.
Suspicions were initially aroused after the policewoman’s name cropped up in a list of telephone conversations found in the cellphone of the arrested Cibarusah subdistrict Police Chief Adj. Comr. Heru Budhi Sutrisno.
“They know each other,” Imam said. “They often communicate, according to their cellphone records. We then took the step of asking her to take a urine test and the result came out positive for drug consumption.”
While R. lives in Bekasi, she worked in South Jakarta and her case is being handled by the South Jakarta police.
“We are still conducting questioning of First Insp. R, and determining the nature of the relationship between the two,” he said, referring to Heru.
Heru was arrested on Friday evening while consuming methamphetamine at his official residence in Cibarusah, Bekasi. Police found two small packets containing 0.57 grams and 0.3 grams of the drug.
The subdistrict police chief faces more than five years in prison under the 2009 anti-drug law.
The case in Bekasi is only the latest in a series of arrests of law enforcement officers. Last month, Adj. Comr. A., the deputy director of the North Sumatra Police narcotics unit, was detained for drug dealing. He was arrested and dismissed from his position.
Civil society groups have long alleged that police officers use and sell illicit drugs.
In another case, a court in Bali last month sentenced Miftachul Huda, 33, an officer with the Bali Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob), to five years in prison for drug trafficking. He was caught in September with ecstasy and methamphetamine.
The court also ordered Miftachul to pay an Rp 800 million ($88,000) fine or serve an additional three months behind bars.
“As a police officer, the defendant should have been on the front line in fighting narcotics,” Judge Hasoloan Sianturi said in his ruling.
In his defense, Miftachul said he was forced to do it because his police pay was inadequate.