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Jakarta Police thwart drug smuggling attempt to Surabaya

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 30, 2018   /   06:10 pm
Jakarta Police thwart drug smuggling attempt to Surabaya illustration (Shutterstock/Monika Gruszewicz)

The Jakarta Police have foiled an attempt to smuggle ecstasy pills from Germany to Jakarta and Surabaya, East Java.

“Each pill weighs 0.4 grams; they usually weigh 0.2 grams each,” Sr. Adj. Comr. Dony Alexander from the Jakarta Police’s Narcotics Division said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

Police discovered the drugs after receiving a tip from officials at the headquarters of state-owned postal service company PT Pos Indonesia and the Customs and Excise Office.

The latter suspected that a packet of what looked to be snacks, which had been sent from Gambir, Central Jakarta, and addressed to a location on Jl. Ahmad Yani in Surabaya, actually contained drugs.

“We immediately checked the package and found 25,000 ecstasy pills,” Dony said, adding that the pills have an estimated street value of Rp 500,000 (US$35) each.

Investigators then tracked down and arrested two suspects, FS and SNL, in relation to the case, which led them to AD, BKN and LKT.

The alleged Surabaya drug ring is believed to be affiliated with a Jakarta syndicate that had been on the police’s radar since February.

The Jakarta Police have arrested five people suspected of being part of the latter, including a married couple.

“They have smuggled drugs twice. We missed the first shipment,” Dony said, adding the Narcotics Division would continue to investigate the case and track down other members of the alleged drug rings as well as the supplier from Germany. (iwa)