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Smuggled mobile phones hidden under dogfruit, salted fish

  • Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

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Palembang   /   Mon, December 2, 2019   /  04:49 pm
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Officials from the Jakarta Police show evidence confiscated from a smuggling attempt thwarted recently at Marunda Center Terminal in Bekasi, West Java.(kompas.com/Rindi Nuris Velarosdela)

The Customs and Excise Office in Palembang has successfully foiled an attempt to smuggle thousands of mobile phones and hundreds of laptops from a neighboring country into Indonesia through a local port. Two people allegedly involved in the smuggling were currently on trial at the Palembang District Court, Dwijo Muryono, the head of the Customs and Excise Office for eastern Sumatra, said in Palembang on Nov. 27 He said the arrests were made in May this year, but it took several months to unveil details of the case due to a lengthy investigation process. Furthermore, the Customs and Excise Office also needed approval from the district attorney for all the evidence they had gathered. Based on information from residents, the local customs office seized two trucks carrying the smuggled gadgets on May 22 on Jl. Soekarno Hatta in Palembang on their way to Jakarta. Inside the truck, th...