The Jakarta Post
Two Malaysians were arrested last month at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on suspicion of attempting to smuggle 2.7 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside sanitary napkins and undergarments.
“White powder was found in their sanitary napkins and underwear,” Erwin Situmorang, head of the Soekarno-Hatta Customs and Excise Office, said in a statement on Thursday as reported by tempo.co.
The two female AirAsia passengers, identified only as SH, 35 and EF, 43, and who arrived on March 24 in Jakarta from Kuala Lumpur, said they had been instructed to deliver the meth to an apartment in South Jakarta.
In cooperation with the police, another Malaysian, identified only as GR, 31, was arrested when she went to the prearranged meeting spot the next day to take delivery of the meth. She claimed the smuggling attempt was overseen by someone residing in Malaysia.
Under the supervision of the police, GR and the party in Malaysia maintained communication, and on March 26, a joint customs and police team arrested Indonesian national KJ, 32, who was assigned take delivery of the drug from GR.
The team found 171.64 grams of meth and two ecstasy pill at KJ’s residence in Bogor, West Java.
On March 27, the team arrested four suspects aged 27, 50 and 32 as recipients of the drug as well as a 21-year-old acquaintance of one of the suspects.
A similar attempt to smuggle 662 grams of meth in sanitary napkins by two other Indonesian on a KLM flight from Kuala Lumpur was foiled on March 4. (iwa)