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Jakarta Post

Police, BNN foil attempts to smuggle drugs from Malaysia

  • N. Adri and Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Balikpapan and Medan   /   Wed, July 10, 2019   /   06:05 pm
Police, BNN foil attempts to smuggle drugs from Malaysia National Narcotics Agency (BNN) officers present drug trafficking suspects to the press on May 21. (Antara/Risky Andrianto)

Two suspected drug dealers, identified as Aziz, 41, and Jamaluddin, 46, were shot while reportedly trying to resist arrest in Samarinda Seberang, East Kalimantan, on Monday night. The police suspected them of trying to smuggle drugs from Malaysia and seized 341 grams of crystal methamphetamine during the arrest.

“Both attacked officers with hammers and we were forced to take stern action,” East Kalimantan Police’s narcotics director Sr. Comr. Akhmad Shaury said at police headquarters in Balikpapan on Tuesday.

Aziz and Jamaluddin together with Muhammad Talib, 60, had been subject to police investigation for some time prior to the arrest operation.

The crystal meth came from Tawau in Sabah, Malaysia. It was brought to Nunukan, North Kalimantan, and then transported overland to Berau and Samarinda. It takes only some 45 minutes to get to Nunukan from Tawau on a speedboat.

Akhmad said a courier received between Rp 5 million (US$353.75) and Rp 7 million per shipment.

“We were promised Rp 5 million but we got nothing,” Jamaluddin allegedly told police.

Meanwhile in Medan, North Sumatra, the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrested two Malaysians, identified only as YBL, 55 and OCP, 56, and from Kuala Kurau Perak, for attempting to smuggle 6 kilograms of crystal meth into Indonesia by sea.

BNN North Sumatra office head Brig. Gen. Atrial said the suspects were arrested while transporting the crystal meth on board a speedboat in Gosong Siguna-guna waters in Serdang Bedagai regency, on July 1.

“They planned to smuggle the drugs from Malaysia to North Sumatra by sea,” said Atrial on Tuesday, adding that the smuggling operation was masterminded by a Malaysian identified only as P.

“We are now focusing on this suspect P, believed to be the owner of the illicit drugs,” he said.