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Acehnese woman caught smuggling
drugs

Bandung Customs Directorate General said on Tuesday that an Acehnese housewife, Nur Aisyah, 40, was apprehended at Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung after she allegedly attempted to smuggle 775 grams of crystal methamphetamine into the country from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday.

The head of the office, Kusdiman Iskandar, said that Nur was carrying the drugs in a backpack when she was caught during a customs check.

The drugs, estimated to be worth Rp 1.1 billion (US$114,679), were in a brown envelope that had been duct-taped and wrapped in plastic, Kusdiman said.

“The drugs were concealed at the bottom of the bag,” Kusdiman told the press on Tuesday. “It was hard to see them with the naked eye.”

He suspected Nur worked as a courier for an international drug ring.

Nur has been charged under Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics and drugs, which carries a maximum sentence of death. (han/iwa)

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