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Jakarta Police thwart drug smuggling attempt by international drug network, hunt down big boss

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 22, 2019   /   05:19 pm
Jakarta Police thwart drug smuggling attempt by international drug network, hunt down big boss National Narcotics Agency (BNN) personnel present suspects of drug trafficking cases on May 21, 2019. (Antara/Risky Andrianto)

The Jakarta Police in cooperation with the West Kalimantan Police have foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs worth billions of rupiah, allegedly by a Malaysia-based international drug syndicate.

A joint team of police arrested three members of the alleged network on Jl. Ahmad Yani, Sei Limau Vaillage in Mempawah, West Kalimantan on June 16.

The suspects are identified only as EB, IT and R.

The police have confiscated 10.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 369 ecstasy pills worth over Rp 11 billion (US$778,761). 

Sr. Adj. Comr. Dony Alexander from the Jakarta Police's Narcotics Division said the police were hunting down the head of the syndicate who had reportedly ordered the smuggling to Indonesia by sea. 

The Malaysian drug boss is now listed in the police search.  

"The [police] team will coordinate with the National Police's Interpol to hunt the head of the drug syndicate in Malaysia, identified only as LIM," Dony said on Friday as reported by kompas.com.

He added that the three suspects each had different roles in the smuggling attempt through the waters of West Kalimantan.

"One was the captain of a wooden ship who received the drugs from another ship in the middle of the sea, one was the operator who guarded the drugs, and one was the operator on land," he said. 

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said they were paid Rp 200 million between them for each shipment.

The suspects told police they had smuggled crystal meth from Malaysia to Indonesia six times since 2018. They allegedly smuggled the drugs through Pontianak to Java Island and Bali.

The drugs were wrapped in aluminum foil and kept inside large bags.

The suspects may be charged under the 2009 Narcotics Law with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of Rp 10 billion. (sau)