Jakarta

Airport customs foils two
drug-smuggling attempts

Caught in the act: Customs and Excise officers arrest Iranian, identified only by his initials, VGMDI, 26, at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten, for carrying illicit drugs into the country. JP/Multa Fidrus
Caught in the act: Customs and Excise officers arrest Iranian, identified only by his initials, VGMDI, 26, at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten, for carrying illicit drugs into the country. JP/Multa Fidrus

Customs and excise officers recently found a secret drug shipment and arrested Iranian drug courier in separate incidents at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten.

In the first incident, officers seized 1,150 grams of crystal methamphetamine worth Rp 2.3 billion (US$255,186) at an airport warehouse.

The drugs were hidden in a package of spare machine parts from China that was sent to a private company, PT KSR, in Cipinang Muara, East Jakarta, airport customs office chief Bahaduri Wijayanta said Monday.

“The package’s sender said that the 'sample of machine spare parts' would arrive in Jakarta on Monday. However, suspicious officers went through the spare parts and found the illicit drugs," he said.

Customs officers launched a probe of PT KSR and have arrested several people as part of a continuing investigation, he added.

In a separate incident, customs officers also arrested an Iranian for hiding 445 grams of crystal methamphetamine, valued at Rp 1 billion, in a suitcase.

The suspect, VGMDI, a 26-year-old taxi driver, said that someone in Tehran asked him to deliver the luggage to an unidentified person at a hotel in Central Jakarta,” Bahaduri said.

VGMDI flew to Jakarta from Damascus via Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways flight EY-0472.

Bahaduri said the suspect violated the 2009 law on drugs, which carries death penalty as a maximum punishment.

Customs officers have foiled 38 drug smuggling attempts at Soekarno-Hatta airport since January and seized more than 125 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 43 kilograms of ketamine, 14.4 kilograms of marijuana, 668 grams of heroin and 163 grams of cocaine.

Officers have also arrested seven Indonesian nationals, eight Malaysians, 16 Iranians, six Indians, a Nigerian and a Singaporean on allegations of drug smuggling.

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