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Jakarta Post

Attempt to smuggle 300 kg of marijuana among medical waste foiled in Banten

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 17, 2019   /   02:45 pm
Attempt to smuggle 300 kg of marijuana among medical waste foiled in Banten Confiscated packs of marijuana are laid out at the West Jakarta Police headquarters on Jan. 4. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The attempt to smuggle 300 kilograms of marijuana among medical waste in Banten has been considered a new method of tricking security officers.

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrested three suspects in Cilegon on Wednesday, identified as Dodi, Misbah and Jainudin, who were thought to have tried to smuggle the marijuana from Aceh.

“The 300 kg of marijuana was delivered via land to Cilegon,” BNN’s drug eradication deputy head Insp. Gen. Arman Depari said as quoted by  

He said the agency arrested them after probing further into another drug smuggling case that they had recently handled.

On May 5, the agency arrested two men for allegedly attempting to distribute 400 kilograms of dried marijuana from Aceh in Depok, West Java.

“We received information from the suspect we arrested in Depok that there would be another attempt to smuggle marijuana to Cilegon,” he said.

Further investigations led the BNN to arrest Dodi at a hotel in Cilegon.

“The investigator raided a box truck [driven by Dodi] and found 10 plastic bags containing dried marijuana that weighed 300 kg. The marijuana was hidden among medical waste. This is a new method to trick security officers. But we foiled the attempt,” he said.

Arman went on to explain that Dodi was going to hand over the marijuana to Misbah in front of the hotel.

“After [Misbah] and his partner [Jainudin] received the items, the investigators arrested the two. So, three suspects have now been arrested,” he said.

All suspects and evidence were taken to the agency’s building in Cawang, East Jakarta, for further investigation.

Arman said the three suspects could face the death penalty or life imprisonment in accordance with the 2009 law on narcotics. (das)