inp.polri.go.id – The police arrested a woman with the initials SD in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan for illegally selling cyanide or sodium cyanide (NaCN). Evidence of cyanide weighing 1.35 tons was also confiscated.
“The confiscated evidence was 1 ton 350 kg,” said the Director of Special Criminal Investigation of the Central Kalimantan Police, Commissioner Kaswandi told reporters, Tuesday (30/8/2022).
He said that the suspect bought the cyanide from a person with the initials F at a price of Rp 4.5 million per can with a net weight of 50 kilograms. The SD is known to have received the cyanide shipment at the port in the Sampit area.
Furthermore, the SD brought and stored the chemicals in her house at Temanggung Tilung II Street, No. 61, Palangkaraya City, Central Kalimantan.
“SD sold those dangerous chemical to miners in several districts in Central Kalimantan at a price of Rp6 million per can with a net weight of 50 Kilograms,” he said.
To the police, SD admitted that she had been buying and selling cyanide since 2021. The suspect had previously sold approximately 3 tons of cyanide.
According to the Director of Special Criminal Investigation of Central Kalimantan Police, the case of the circulation of cyanide has become his special attention. This is because these chemicals are often used for illegal gold mining activities in a number of areas in Central Kalimantan.
“This is the attention of the Regional Police Chief to break the chain of circulation of cyanide so that the supply commonly used by illegal gold mining actors could be suppressed and it is hoped that it can prevent illegal gold mining that endangers the environment,” said the Director of Special Criminal Investigation at the Central Kalimantan Police.