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Jakarta Post

Drug smuggling '€˜controlled from Thailand'€™

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Fri, March 7, 2014   /  06:59 am

The North Sumatra Police'€™s drug investigation directorate has revealed that a recent alleged drug-smuggling attempt by Pakistani Muhammad Rafige, who ingested 76 capsules containing 966 grams of heroin, was controlled by a drug dealer in Thailand.

The claim was made on Thursday by drug investigation deputy director Adj. Sr. Comr. Yustan Alpiani after interrogating the suspect at the North Sumatra Police headquarters.

'€œHe was lured into doing the job because the fee was very tempting, US$15,000,'€ Yustan said.

He said Rafige was offered the job to take the heroin from Jakarta to Medan, Nort Sumatra by someone named Sawar in Thailand. He departed for Jakarta from Thailand to receive the capsules from an unknown person to be further taken to Medan.

Rafige reportedly swallowed the capsules before departing Jakarta for Medan. He collapsed upon arrival at Kuala Namu Airport in Medan and doctors found the heroin capsules in his stomach through an X-ray examination.


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