Drug Syndicates Turn to Couriers, Cold Calls for Smuggling: BNN
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International drug syndicates are using courier services to send packages stuffed with concealed narcotics to random women in Indonesia, the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNN) warned on Thursday.
The drug agency intercepted two packages sent from unknown addresses in India that contained more than 3.1 kilograms crystal methamphetamine, known locally as shabu-shabu. Both packages were allegedly sent to women after they struck up a conversation with a stranger on the phone, BNN Spokesman Sumirat Dwiyanto said.
“The mode of operation was using a wrong number,” Sumirat said.
Ena, 44, reportedly answered a cold call from a man identified only as “DW.” He told Ena that he mistakenly dialed the number, but the two chatted on the phone anyway. After several calls, DW convinced Ena to accept a package of car parts.
“He phoned Ena and after several telephone conversations, Ena was finally persuaded by DW to accept the package,” Sumirat said.
Customs officers at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport flagged the package as suspicious when it arrived in Indonesia and began to track its movements. The package arrived at Ena’s home in Jarak Sari village in Wonosobo district, Central Java, on Jan. 14.
Police arrested Ena, 44, as she took possession of the package. Officers allegedly uncovered 2.9 kilograms of crystal meth hidden inside 18 car parts.
One day later, police intercepted another package sent by the same courier service. It arrived at a home in Palembang, South Sumatra.
The address in Palembang didn’t exist, but a man identified as “YL” later called the courier and said he would pick the box up. When a woman identified as “YI” showed up to accept the package, she was arrested by police.
YL then called the woman and asked her to send it via another courier service to an apartment in the Park Residence building on Jalan Gading Raya, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.
Officers went with the courier and arrested YL, Sumirat said.
“One day after the arrest, YL was called by someone from India, instructing him to change his cellphone number,” Sumirat said.
A Nigerian national then contacted YL on the new number and asked him to bring the package to a fast food restaurant on Jalan MT Haryono, in Tebet, South Jakarta.
The Nigerian national, identified only as “Dum,” was arrested as he allegedly received the package.
All those arrested face the death penalty under Indonesia’s harsh drug trafficking laws.