TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Metro Police narcotics directorate foiled the smuggling attempt of 10 kg crystal meth wrapped in teabags owned by Malaysia-Jakarta network. The authorities arrested the perpetrators and seized the evidence at Port of Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta on Wednesday, July 10.
"The pieces of evidence were transported on KM Salvia passengers vessel," said Jakarta Metro Police Chief of Public Relation Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono in a press conference at his office on Thursday, August 8.
The police arrested seven suspects who are Indonesian nationals, namely EN alias Nando, BDT alias Bedot, HND, BCK alias Bucek, BBR alias Bibir, PN alias Pian, and JG alias Jono.
Argo said the illicit drug was wrapped in teabags and the suspects planned to distribute it to South Jakarta area.
The Jakarta Metro Police Chief of narcotics unit Adj. Sr. Comr. Dony Alexander said his office was informed that Nando would smuggle a drug.
He was reportedly flown from Malaysia to Jakarta on July 9, while other two suspects; BDT and HND, departed from Malaysia on KM Salvia boat, bringing the 10 kg methamphetamine on the same day.
The police arrested BDT and HND on July 10 when the boat arrived at Tanjung Priok's terminal operation 2. Meanwhile, Nando and BCK were arrested at a minimarket in Yos Sudarso, North Jakarta, not far from the port. The authorities arrested BBR, PN, and JG in Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta on July 11.
The suspects are facing a death penalty or a life sentence.
M Yusuf Manurung