, Badan Narkotika Nasional Provinsi (BNP) Sumut telah memusnahkan 2.300 gram sabu dan 11.430 butir pil ekstasi, Rabu (18/12). Narkoba itu telah dihancurkan dengan incenerator milik RSU Pirngadi, Medan.

"Narkoba yang kita musnahkan ini juga merupakan bagian dari barang bukti 2 kasus yang kita tangani, ditambah dengan titipan dari Lanal Tanjung Balai," kata AKBP Joko Susilo, Kabid Penindakan BNP Sumut.

Dia juga merinci, dua kasus yang telah ditangani BNP itu yaitu hasil penggerebekan di Perumahan Kelapa Gading Blok B, Jalan Kelambir V, Tanjung Gusta, Sunggal, Deliserdang pada 29 Oktober 2013 lalu . Sebanyak 183,44 gram sabu-sabu telah disita dari dua tersangka, yaitu Zafrizal alias Rijal dan Zulfikar alias Fikar.

Satu penangkapan lain telah terjadi di Perumahan Grand Puri Pasar IV Marelan, Medan. Saat itu, telah disita sekitar 2 kg sabu-sabu dan lebih dari 11.000 butir pil ekstasi dari sejumlah tersangka, di antaranya Ardieyatun alias Dedek dan Elly Salmiati alias Elly.

Selain itu, turut dimusnahkan sekitar 200 gram sabu-sabu yang telah diserahkan aparat Pangkalan Angkatan Laut Tanjung Balai. "Pelakunya melarikan diri meninggalkan kapalnya, sekarang kapalnya ada di Lanal Tanjung Balai," jelas Joko.

Barang yang telah dimusnahkan ini diasumsikan akan laku di pasaran hingga melampaui Rp 4 miliar. Narkoba ini telah diperkirakan dapat meracuni lebih dari 20 ribu orang.

Narkotika ini juga sengaja dihancurkan di RSU Pirngadi karena rumah sakit itu memiliki incenerator. Alat ini dinilai memenuhi syarat untuk pemusnahan narkotika yang merupakan bahan berbahaya.

Selain memusnahkan sebagian barang bukti, BNP Sumut tengah menelusuri tindak pidana pencucian uang yang dilakukan para tersangka. "Sudah ada beberapa asetnya yang kita sita," kelas Joko.

Editor : Dian Sukmawati


From sea to shining sea, or at least from one side of the Hudson to the other, politicians you have barely heard of are being accused of wrongdoing. There were so many court proceedings involving public officials on Monday that it was hard to keep up.

In Newark, two underlings of Gov. Chris Christie were arraigned on charges that they were in on the truly deranged plot to block traffic leading onto the George Washington Bridge.

Ten miles away, in Lower Manhattan, Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son, Adam B. Skelos, were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on accusations of far more conventional political larceny, involving a job with a sewer company for the son and commissions on title insurance and bond work.

The younger man managed to receive a 150 percent pay increase from the sewer company even though, as he said on tape, he “literally knew nothing about water or, you know, any of that stuff,” according to a criminal complaint the United States attorney’s office filed.

The success of Adam Skelos, 32, was attributed by prosecutors to his father’s influence as the leader of the Senate and as a potentate among state Republicans. The indictment can also be read as one of those unfailingly sad tales of a father who cannot stop indulging a grown son. The senator himself is not alleged to have profited from the schemes, except by being relieved of the burden of underwriting Adam.

The bridge traffic caper is its own species of crazy; what distinguishes the charges against the two Skeloses is the apparent absence of a survival instinct. It is one thing not to know anything about water or that stuff. More remarkable, if true, is the fact that the sewer machinations continued even after the former New York Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, was charged in January with taking bribes disguised as fees.

It was by then common gossip in political and news media circles that Senator Skelos, a Republican, the counterpart in the Senate to Mr. Silver, a Democrat, in the Assembly, could be next in line for the criminal dock. “Stay tuned,” the United States attorney, Preet Bharara said, leaving not much to the imagination.

Even though the cat had been unmistakably belled, Skelos father and son continued to talk about how to advance the interests of the sewer company, though the son did begin to use a burner cellphone, the kind people pay for in cash, with no traceable contracts.

That was indeed prudent, as prosecutors had been wiretapping the cellphones of both men. But it would seem that the burner was of limited value, because by then the prosecutors had managed to secure the help of a business executive who agreed to record calls with the Skeloses. It would further seem that the business executive was more attentive to the perils of pending investigations than the politician.

Through the end of the New York State budget negotiations in March, the hopes of the younger Skelos rested on his father’s ability to devise legislation that would benefit the sewer company. That did not pan out. But Senator Skelos did boast that he had haggled with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, in a successful effort to raise a $150 million allocation for Long Island to $550 million, for what the budget called “transformative economic development projects.” It included money for the kind of work done by the sewer company.

The lawyer for Adam Skelos said he was not guilty and would win in court. Senator Skelos issued a ringing declaration that he was unequivocally innocent.

THIS was also the approach taken in New Jersey by Bill Baroni, a man of great presence and eloquence who stopped outside the federal courthouse to note that he had taken risks as a Republican by bucking his party to support paid family leave, medical marijuana and marriage equality. “I would never risk my career, my job, my reputation for something like this,” Mr. Baroni said. “I am an innocent man.”

The lawyer for his co-defendant, Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, a Republican, said that she would strongly rebut the charges.

Perhaps they had nothing to do with the lane closings. But neither Mr. Baroni nor Ms. Kelly addressed the question of why they did not return repeated calls from the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., begging them to stop the traffic tie-ups, over three days.

That silence was a low moment. But perhaps New York hit bottom faster. Senator Skelos, the prosecutors charged, arranged to meet Long Island politicians at the wake of Wenjian Liu, a New York City police officer shot dead in December, to press for payments to the company employing his son.

Sometimes it seems as though for some people, the only thing to be ashamed of is shame itself.

Finding Scandal in New York and New Jersey, but No Shame

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