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Drugs smuggling through Indonesia-Malaysia border in Kalimantan thwarted

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 6, 2018   /   04:15 pm
Drugs smuggling through Indonesia-Malaysia border in Kalimantan thwarted National Narcotics Agency (BNN) head Comr. Gen. Heru Winarko (second right), Customs and Excise director general Heru Pambudi (second left), BNN drugs eradication deputy Insp. Gen. Arman Depari (left) and head of the Western Kalimantan regional Customs and Excise Office Azhar Rasyidi (right) show drugs evidence during a press conference on Friday, April 6, 2018. Personnel of the BNN and the Customs and Excise Office have foiled drug smuggling attempts through the Entikong border in West Kalimantan. (Antara/Aprilio Akbar)

Personnel of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and Customs and Excise Office have foiled an attempt to smuggle crystal methamphetamine and thousands of ecstasy pills through the Entikong border in West Kalimantan.

The officials arrested four suspects and confiscated 28.24 kilograms of crystal meth, locally known as sabu-sabu, and 21,727 ecstasy pills, BNN chief Comr. Gen. Heru Winarko said.

The BNN received a tip off from members of the public and followed it up with an investigation.

“We later knew that there would be a drug delivery from Kuching, Malaysia to Indonesia through Entikong border in Sanggau [regency],” he said on Friday as reported by Antara.

The arrests were made in two different raids, the first was on March 26, when officials apprehended Su, 43, and An, 54, on Jl. Sosok Tayan in Sanggau and found seven kilograms of crystal meth and 21,727 ecstasy pills in the car. The two suspects told BNN officers that they had smuggled the drugs from Malaysia on the orders of a convicted drug dealer, identified only as AP, being held in Bengkayang prison.

A similar smuggling scheme was also revealed on April 1, when officials foiled an attempt to smuggle 21.24 kilograms of crystal meth by suspects Arn, 41, and SBL, 49, on Jl. Raya Ngabang-Pontianak, Landak regency. The two also said they were ordered by a convict, identified only as DK, who is currently serving time in Pontianak penitentiary.

“The modus operandi for both cases was crossing the border on foot through illegal routes. After crossing the border, the suspects then rode on cars to carry the drugs,” Heru said.

Entikong is an area in Indonesia that borders directly with Sarawak in Malaysia. It is an area prone to smuggling.

Heru added that the cases revealed that the official and the illegal border crossing routes in Entikong remained prone to drug smuggling activities from Malaysia to Indonesia. He called for strengthening cooperation with the Malaysian authorities to curb drugs smuggling across the border.