"The number of narcotics addicts in Indonesia is large, which is a big problem. There are some 4.2 million drug addicts in the country. If they recover (from the addiction), drug trafficking will no longer be prevalent in Indonesia," Iskandar stated after attending the 58th anniversary of Jambi province here on Tuesday.
He added that many drug dealers use sea lanes to smuggle the contrabands to the country, as was seen in the recent case involving the confiscation of 800 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in Cengkarang.
"Many of them use sea lanes to smuggle narcotics in large volumes. But when the amount is small, they usually use air transportation. They smuggle in at least 40 kilograms of drugs when they use sea lanes," he explained.
The BNN chief further noted that the measures taken by the agency to fight the trafficking of narcotics includes cooperating with neighboring countries and the navy, along with patrolling the sea and coastal areas, and tightening supervision in the border regions.
"We continue to coordinate with the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) and the water and air police. An important factor to deliberate over is ways to build international cooperation," Iskandar pointed out.