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Chinese, Indonesians nabbed on suspicion of smuggling drugs from US

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 8, 2019   /   04:17 pm
Chinese, Indonesians nabbed on suspicion of smuggling drugs from US At a press conference in Jakarta, personnel of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), the Customs and Excise Office and the Navy display crystal methamphetamine seized during a raid in Batam. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Police have arrested three people suspected of distributing crystal methamphetamine smuggled in from the United States. One of them was apprehended while allegedly trying to fetch drug packages from a post office in West Jakarta.

West Jakarta Police narcotics unit chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Erick Frendriz said one of the suspects was a Chinese national. The arrest follows a tip-off from the Customs and Excise Office.

“We confiscated 19 packages of crystal methamphetamine based on information from the customs office that suspected there might be a shipment of narcotics from the US,” Erick said on Wednesday, kompas.com reported.

He said the suspects had tried to outsmart the authorities by hiding the contraband inside coffee sachets.

After confiscating the packages, police arrested the Chinese suspect, who was allegedly about to pick them up at the Daan Mogot Post Office in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, on Thursday.

Police then arrested the two other suspects, who reportedly posed as couriers at a post office and a shipping company in Taman Sari, West Jakarta, the next day.

“We are still intensively investigating the case for further developments,” Erick said. (ami)