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National Anti-Narcotics Agency Partners with Grab Indonesia to Combat Drug Trafficking

The modus operandi (MO) of illicit drug trafficking is increasingly diverse. Syndicates use various methods to deliver their illegal goods to buyers, one of them is using a delivery service.

Jakarta, May 7, 2019 – The modus operandi (MO) of illicit drug trafficking is increasingly diverse. Syndicates use various methods to deliver their illegal goods to buyers, one of them is using a delivery service. The rise of the online transportation startups, as one of the providers of rapid delivery services, makes it vulnerable to drug crime. As such, the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNN) assessed the need to collaborate with online delivery services.

Grab, as one of the application providers of transportation and shipping services, has became a pioneer of this collaboration. This coopersation is not only aimed at establishing synergy between agencies in the prevention and eradication of the misuse and circulation of illicit drugs (P4GN) effort, but also enhancing Grab’s understanding of the dangers of drug trafficking that could affect their operations.

The collaboration between BNN and Grab was officially signed by the Head of BNN, Heru Winarko, together with Head of Public Affairs of Grab Indonesia, Tri Sukma Anreianno, at BNN Headquarters in Cawang, East Jakarta, Tuesday (07/05/2019).  Both parties agreed to synergize their efforts of P4GN, such as disseminating information on the dangers of drugs as well as the supervision of the shipment of goods that are indicated as illicit drugs.

In addition, Grab Indonesia also agreed to form an anti-drug volunteer team, foster and increase the role of anti-drug activists, exchange information on the manifest data system related to P4GN, and to carry out drug test. Grab Indonesia will also provide easy access to BNN in carrying out legal activities related to narcotics crimes.

“It is an honor for us to be able to collaborate with the National Anti-Narcotics Agency,” said Tri Sukma Anreianno in his opening remarks.

According to Tri, the collaboration between the National Anti-Narcotics Agency and Grab Indonesia can motivate drivers to help the government’s efforts to eradicate the drug trade. Tri also said that the company often found suspicious items but did not know where to report it. Strict sanctions will also be given by Grab to its drivers if they are found to have abused drugs.

“We will act firmly if there is a Grab driver who violated our ethical guidelines and will immediately blacklist them as a partner,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, the Head of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency, Heru Winarko, said that his organization see this collaboration as a great opportunity for the agency to socialize P4GN through Grab Indonesia. Grab Indonesia is available in 222 cities in Indonesia and has more than 5 million driver partners.

“If a Grab driver carries suspicious items, they can coordinate with us to ensure that the goods being delivered are not drugs. Technically the implementation will be further coordinated after the signing of the cooperation agreement,” said Heru. With this collaboration, the National Anti-Narcotics Agency hopes to be able to narrow the drug criminal’s area of influence to distribute drugs. In addition, knowledge about the dangers of drug abuse in the community can be shared to a wider audience.

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