The Jakarta Post
West Jakarta Police foiled an attempt to smuggle 1.3 tons of marijuana from Aceh to Jakarta, which allegedly involved an inter-provincial syndicate, at the end of 2017.
“We received a tip-off that marijuana would be smuggled from Aceh to Jakarta,” Narcotics Division chief of the West Jakarta Police Adj. Sr. Comr. Suhermanto said, as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.
The police put a man -- whom they identified as Franky Alexandro -- and his friends under surveillance after they departed Jakarta for Aceh to allegedly pick up the packages.
In Aceh, Franky and his friends took possession of the packages and loaded it onto a truck. They then drove it back to Jakarta.
“On Dec. 31, 2017 around 10 p.m., the police stopped the truck at the Bakauheni Port entrance in Lampung,” Suhermanto said.
They found 1,300 marijuana packages, which each weighed a kilogram, inside the truck.
Two people identified as Rocky and Rizky, allegedly members of the syndicate, were nabbed at different locations on Monday.
Rocky was arrested in West Cikarang, Bekasi, West Java, and Rizky was nabbed in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta.
After questioning the suspects, the police revealed that the marijuana was destined for a man identified as Gardawan, a resident of Tebet, South Jakarta, and a supplier in Aceh named Irwan. The police added that a man identified as Ilham Maulana was the alleged head of the syndicate.
“This syndicate allegedly distributed meth and marijuana across provinces,” Suhermanto said.
The suspects face multiple charges of Articles 114, 111 and 132 of Law 35/2009 on Narcotics with a maximum sentence of life in prison. (gis)