351 kg of meth escapes customs
Sr. Comr. Rikwanto: Kompas.com/Sabrina Asril
Jakarta Police have revealed that an estimated 351 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as sabu, managed to get through customs at Tanjung Priok port in North Jakarta.
Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said on Thursday that one of the reasons for the incident was a fatigued customs officer at the port.
Rikwanto said Joy, the officer, only checked three boxes containing 351 kilogram of crystal meth that was disguised with arowana fish food, while he was supposed to check at least 10 percent of the total amount of packages passing through.
Rikwanto, however, did not mention the total number of boxes Joy should have checked.
“What Joy saw was only fish food,” Rikwanto said as quoted by kompas.com.
He said police were also questioning other witnesses, Budi Susilo and Tri Baroto, who worked at the document clearance counter.
The police had previously foiled an attempt to distribute 351 kg of meth and 2 kg of ephedrine in Greater Jakarta on May 10.
In relation to the case, the police have also arrested suspects PTR, AK, DR, MW a.k.a. A and a Malaysian national, as well as EWH a.k.a. J who had distributed drugs between May 2 and 9, in different places in Greater Jakarta. (png/mtq)