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Police foil attempted smuggling of 1.4 tons of weed in fish waste truck 

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 30, 2018   /   09:43 pm
Police foil attempted smuggling of 1.4 tons of weed in fish waste truckĀ  Jakarta Police present alleged criminals in the smuggling attempt of 1.4 tons of weed from Aceh to Jakarta at the police headquarters in South Jakarta on July 30. (kompas.com/Sherly Puspita)

The Jakarta Police narcotics unit has foiled an attempt to smuggle 1,434 kilograms of marijuana hidden in a truck containing waste from a salted fish factory.

The police’s deputy chief Brig. Gen. Purwadi Arianto said the packages of weed “were packed at the bottom of the truck and stacked with salted fish waste that emanated a foul smell.”

Purwadi alleged that the courier intentionally used the salted fish waste to camouflage the marijuana smell.

The marijuana was delivered from Aceh and would be sold in Jakarta and Bogor, West Java.

“The case is a follow-up from the previous smuggling attempt in May. We already knew that there would be another attempt,” Purwadi said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday, noting that the truck departed from Bakauheni port in Lampung on July 23.

The police managed to stop them while they were on their way to Jakarta, near the Pasar Rebo tollgate in East Jakarta, and arrested two suspects identified as MY and RND.

“As we investigated further, we caught some more suspects, AM and SLH in Cengkareng, West Jakarta. The other suspects, AK and RYD, were arrested in Cipayung, Depok [West Java],” Purwadi said.

“We’re still looking for one more suspect,” he added. (vla)