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Thousand Islands drug bust: Alleged courier arrested, others on run

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 19, 2019   /   12:14 pm
Thousand Islands drug bust: Alleged courier arrested, others on run Illustration of confiscated narcotics (kompas.com/Ardito Ramadhan D)

Police have arrested a suspected drug courier who allegedly received 1.7 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine to be sold in the Thousand Islands regency.

“Last month, we received a tip-off about a shipment of crystal meth to the Thousand Islands […] from Serpong, South Tangerang,” Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said in at the Thousand Islands Police headquarters, as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday.

Argo added that, in their investigation, police received information about a suspected drug courier, MR, 23, who was arrested at 1 a.m. on Monday at a house in South Tangerang.

At the rented property, police found two packages of crystal meth totaling around 1.5 kg in a cupboard and another package weighing 305 grams on a chair.

According to Argo, MR is an Aceh resident who arrived in Jakarta around a month ago. MR told police that he had been ordered by a superior identified only as OJ to pick up a package from a hotel in Grogol, West Jakarta, Argo said.

At the hotel, a Nigerian national reportedly gave MR a package containing crystal meth to be peddled in East Jakarta and Thousand Islands. He said he had been promised Rp 10 million (US$700) for every kilogram of crystal meth delivered.

“MR will be charged under Article 114, Paragraph 2 of the 2009 Narcotics Law, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years of imprisonment,” Argo said. 

Police are currently hunting down others involved in the network. (tru)