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Indonesian anti-drug chief: Surround prison with crocodiles

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Ben Hooper
A group of large crocodiles. The head of Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency wants drug trafficking offenders to be placed in a prison surrounded by crocs. KateChris/Shutterstock.com
A group of large crocodiles. The head of Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency wants drug trafficking offenders to be placed in a prison surrounded by crocs. KateChris/Shutterstock.com

JAKARTA, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Indonesia's anti-drug chief is proposing narcotics offenders be jailed in a facility surrounded by ferocious reptiles, because "you can't bribe crocodiles."

Gen. Budi Waseso, chief commissioner of the National Narcotics Agency, or BNN, is proposing the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights construct a remote island prison for drug traffickers and surround it with crocodiles to prevent the prisoners from contacting the outside world.

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"We will keep sending them food supplies everyday. But they have to survive on their own," Waseso was quoted as saying by news website Tempo.co.

"We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile," he said. "You can't bribe crocodiles. You can't convince them to let inmates escape."

"I have informed the Justice Ministry about [the crocodile plan]," he said.

The ministry has yet to give a green light to the commissioner's plan, but he announced plans to visit a crocodile breeding center in Medan to view potential prison guards.

"I will also travel to Papua and Sulawesi to see which crocodiles are fiercer," he said.

The crocodile prison is not Waseso's only proposal for punishing drug dealers.

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"Let them overdose by their own drugs," he said.

Indonesia's current drug laws allow for traffickers to face the death penalty, usually by firing squad. Waseso said the BNN is looking into whether the laws could be updated to include his drug overdose proposal as an execution technique.

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