Archipelago

Man caught smuggling condom-wrapped
drugs in stomach

Pekanbaru Customs and Excise officials in Riau province have foiled an attempt to smuggle into the country Rp 150 million (US$15, 830) worth of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as shabu-shabu, from Malaysia through Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport.

The suspect, an Indonesian national, whom police have referred to as YF, tried to smuggle 100 grams of crystal meth by wrapping the drugs in condoms and putting them in his stomach.

"The suspect arrived on Air Asia flight AK 1342 from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We became suspicious of YF and immediately conducted a full body search, but to no avail," said Aminuddin Budiarjo, a Pekanbaru Customs and Excise official, on Thursday as quoted by tribunnews.com.

The officials then decided to conduct an X-ray test on the suspect.

"We saw a suspicious capsule-shaped package in the suspect's stomach. We did a further investigation and found that the capsule, which was wrapped in condoms, contained about 100 grams worth of fine crystals, which we tested and identified as crystal meth," Amiruddin said.

The suspect has been handed over to Pekanbaru Police for further questioning.

Amiruddin said the suspect would face charges under Article 113 of the 2009 Narcotics Law. If found guilty, he could face up to 15 years in jail with a maximum fine of Rp 10 billion. (png)

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