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Jakarta Post

Drug smuggling attempt foiled in Aceh waters

Drug smuggling attempt foiled in Aceh waters The police display packets of crystal methamphetamine at a public expose in Jakarta. (Tempo/-)
Apriadi Gunawan
Medan   ●   Wed, January 16, 2019 2019-01-16 06:18 844 75e76da2d15e495661b6357e2e704b68 1 National Drugs-trafficking,Malaysia,aceh,waters,Indonesia,BNN,customs-and-excise Free

A task force comprising National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and customs officers foiled on Tuesday an attempt to smuggle drugs into Indonesia through Lhoksukon waters in northern Aceh.

The team intercepted a boat carrying 70 packets of crystal methamphetamine and two packets of ecstasy pills that allegedly came from a drug syndicate based in Malaysia.

Three members of the crew were arrested during the raid, according to BNN eradication deputy Insp. Gen. Arman Depari

 “We are still interrogating the three crew members to track down the drug syndicate from Malaysia,” Arman said in Belawan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.

According to a preliminary investigation, the drugs were going to be sold in Aceh and had been passed to the three suspects somewhere along the maritime border of Malaysia and Indonesia.

“The handover was done in the middle of the sea […] from ship to ship, and then the drugs were transported to Aceh on the boat KM Karibia,” Arman said. (spl)