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Bangka Belitung uninhabited islands prone to becoming drug transit points: Governor

first_img“The corn from Myanmar was sent to Malaysia first and then transported to Batam [in Riau Islands]. From Batam, it was taken to Pangkalpinang before eventually being brought to Jakarta,” said Anang.He added that the drugs were meant to be delivered to a location in Cikarang, Bekasi regency, West Java. The police raided the location and arrested a woman, identified as CS.Authorities seized the illegal narcotics before they were destroyed in Pangkalpinang on Monday. (syk) The governor led a ceremony on Monday in which authorities destroyed more than 200 kilograms of methamphetamine-type narcotics by dissolving and blending them in water before burying them.Read also: Crystal meth now cheaper, ‘stronger’ in Indonesia as drug busts rise: UN reportA joint operation comprising the Bangka Belitung Islands Police and the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department recently uncovered a crystal meth distribution chain in the province.Bangka Belitung Islands Police chief Insp. Gen. Anang Syarif Hidayat said authorities had found 98 packages of the drug weighing 211 kg in corn sacks imported from Myanmar. Topics :center_img Authorities have said that the uninhabited islands across the Bangka Belitung Islands might have been used as a key transit point for illegal narcotics following the discovery of crystal methamphetamine distribution in the province. Bangka Belitung Islands Governor Erzaldi Rosman said 400 of about 460 islands in the province were uninhabited.“This condition allows [the islands] to be used as transit points [for the illegal drugs],” Erzaldi said during a press briefing at the Bangka Belitung Police headquarters on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

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O’Brien released from Ireland squad

first_img O’Brien was included in the provisional 32-man party for the games against Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal when manager Martin O’Neill named it last week. However, he will now not join up and concentrate instead on his own fitness programme. A spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said: “The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that following discussions between FAI and West Ham’s medical teams, Joey O’Brien has been released from Martin O’Neill’s provisional squad to manage his off-season medical programme.” O’Brien will not be replaced in the initial party for the clashes with Turkey in Dublin on May 25, Italy at Craven Cottage on May 31, Costa Rica in Philadelphia on June 6 and Portugal in New Jersey four days later. West Ham defender Joey O’Brien has been released from the Ireland squad for their end-of-season friendlies. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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