Surakarta customs office foils crystal meth smuggling attempt
Ganug Nugroho Adi
The Jakarta Post
The Surakarta Customs and Excise Office thwarted on Tuesday an attempt to smuggle 1,942 grams of crystal methamphetamine through Adi Soemarmo International Airport in Surakarta, Central Java.
Two women — identified as S, 25, from Madura, East Java, and A, 21, from Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara — were taken into custody for allegedly possessing the drugs.
Officers confiscated 970 grams of crystal meth from S, and 972 grams from A. In total, the drugs are estimated to be worth around Rp 2 billion (US$140,000)
The pair had just disembarked from an AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur when they were stopped and searched. The drugs were found hidden inside the lining of their suitcases.
Surakarta Customs and Excise head Kunto Prasti Trenggono said his personnel had received a tip on the possible delivery of drugs through Adi Soemarmo Airport, after which a joint team stepped up security checks of arriving passengers.
“We received the information from the Central Java chapter of the National Narcotics Agency [BNN],” Kunto said at the Surakarta Customs and Excise Office on Wednesday.
“During the X-Ray security check, officers spotted two women who were gesturing, which triggered their suspicion.” (ebf)
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