TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The directorate-general of customs said cases of high-end contraband smuggling attempts - such as the recent discovery of Harley Davidson parts onboard a newly delivered Garuda Indonesia flight - have happened twice in 2019 alone.
However, Customs’ head of public communication Deni Surjantoro said the first case saw the smuggling done onboard a commercial flight while the aforementioned case of Harley parts was onboard an inaugural flight of a newly-delivered Airbus A330-900 Neo for Garuda Indonesia.
“The second case is a new modus operandi for using a flight of an aircraft that had just been purchased. The second was smuggled through the Soekarno Hatta airport,” said Denu at the Customs headquarters on Tuesday.
The luxury cruiser was not the only contraband the authorities discovered, but also parts of Brompton foldable bicycle. The Airbus started its journey from Toulouse, France, on Saturday, November 16 and landed at Soekarno-Hatta on November 17.
Onboard the new Garuda jet, there were 22 of the flag carrier’s officials together with 10 other cabin crews. The plane also carried 18 compartments in its cargo hold that were traced back to two of the passengers, identified as SAW and LS, with 15 compartments filled with Harley Davidson parts under SAW’s name while the other three had Brompton parts and accessories were owned by LS.