Fears asylum seekers in Indonesia recruited into drug trade

Fears asylum seekers in Indonesia recruited into drug trade

Fears asylum seekers in Indonesia recruited into drug trade

Updated 27 December 2012, 8:20 AEDT

A senior Indonesian official has raised concerns Iranian asylum seekers are being recruited into a growing illicit drug trade.

A senior Indonesian official has raised concerns some Iranian asylum seekers are being recruited into a growing illicit drug trade.

The National Narcotics Agency suspects Iranian drug syndicates are shifting production from Malaysia into Indonesia, using it as a cheap production base.

Agency chief Anang Iskander says he is concerned more methamphetamine laboratories are being set up in apartments and houses, as the country becomes a bigger centre for drug distribution.

He says the Iranian syndicates are using Nigerian groups to distribute their increased production while his deputy, Benny Mamoto, has raised concerns Iranian asylum seekers were also being recruited.

Mr Mamoto has asked for the immigration department to increase the monitoring of foreigners.

He has also appealed to the public to be more aware of what is happening in their neighbourhoods.