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Escaped French drug-smuggling suspect recaptured in Lombok

  • Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram   /   Sat, February 2, 2019   /   03:08 pm
Escaped French drug-smuggling suspect recaptured in Lombok Police in West Nusa Tenggara detain 35-year-old French national and drug-smuggling suspect on Friday who had recently escaped from custody. (Courtesy of NTB Police/-)

The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Police on Friday recaptured a 35-year-old French national and drug smuggling suspect identified as Dorfin Felix, who had recently escaped from NTB Police custody.

NTB Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Komang Suartana said the officers had recaptured Felix on the border between North Lombok and West Lombok.

“[The case] is still under investigation,” Komang told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

North Lombok Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Herman Suryono said Felix had been hiding in the Pusuk forest area.

Police have brought Felix to the NTB Police headquarters for further questioning. They are also investigating 14 police officers on duty the night Dortin escaped and have alleged that Comr. Tuti Maryati, the custody subdivision head, accepted bribes in connection with Felix’ escape.

Felix was arrested at Lombok International Airport in September upon his arrival from Singapore.

He stands accused of having brought into the country 2.9 kilograms of ketamine and amphetamine as well as 850 ecstasy pills.

He faces five to 20 years of imprisonment if found guilty under Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics. (hol/swd)