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Police bust Taiwanese drug smuggling ring

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 5, 2017   /   06:30 pm
Police bust Taiwanese drug smuggling ring Drug smuggling: High ranking West Kalimantan Police officers observe packages of crystal methamphetamine (shabu-shabu) at a press conference on March 29. They confiscated the drugs in security operations held in the first three months of 2017. (JP/Severianus Endi)

The Jakarta Police announced on Wednesday the arrest of two Taiwanese men and two Indonesian men who allegedly smuggled 3.7 kilograms of methamphetamine into the country. 

The drugs were allegedly ordered by a 40-year-old Cipinang penitentiary inmate, identified only by the initials SGY, from his cell.

The Taiwanese men, LCY, 24, and HMW, 24, reportedly wrapped and strapped the drugs to their legs in order to smuggle the drugs on an international flight. 

Both suspects, who are allegedly members of a Taiwanese drug-trafficking network, departed from Taiwan and landed at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, West Java, on March 13.

“We later followed LCY and HMW to a restaurant in West Jakarta, where the drugs would have been handed over to SGY’s accomplice, 23-year-old TAW, before we arrested them at that location,” Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Mochamad Iriawan said on Wednesday.  

Iriawan said that good cooperation between the Jakarta Police and Taiwanese Police, especially in efforts to fight drug distribution, had made the arrests possible.

“The Taiwanese Police informed us earlier about the two Taiwanese suspects. Their tip-off helped us to track down the suspects’ flight,” he said.

Following the arrests, Iriawan said the police would be more rigorous in preventing drug transactions from taking place inside penitentiaries. (dea)