President Joko Widodo (right) installs new Head of National Anti-Narcotics Agency Heru Winarko. (Image Credit : Cabinet Secretariat Office)

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – President Joko Widodo on Thursday (01/03) installed Inspector General Police Heru Winarko as the new Head of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency, replacing Budi Waseso, who will enter retiring age.

The President said Winarko was appointed given his experience and integrity as he has shown while working at the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission.

“We want him to implement the working and governance standards that he has applied at the Corruption Eradication Commission,” President Widodo said.

Winarko was appointed at the time the government is cracking down the inflow of narcotics into the country. Last week, the Police, Navy and Customs Office seized a Taiwanese-flag vessel in Batam waters, for trying to smuggle in 1.6 tons of crystal methamphetamine hidden on a ship, which is the second major drug bust in the month.

Customs inspectors said they spotted the vessel between Indonesia’s Sumatra island and Singapore and reported it to police. Four Taiwanese crew were arrested including a 69-year-old man.

Heru Winarko, born in Jakarta on Dec. 1, 1962, graduated from the Police Academy in 1985. He was Lampung Regional Police Head in 2012 and then was appointed as Deputy Head for Law Enforcement.


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