Police Catch Marijuana Traffickers Bound for Java
South Lampung, Lampung. The police have seized 2.6 tons of marijuana that traffickers allegedly tried to smuggle through a port in South Lampung.
“The arrest was made on early Monday morning, at about 1 a.m., at a checkpoint at the entrance of the port,” South Lampung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Tatar Nugroho told reporters on Thursday, referring to Bakauheni Port.
He said the marijuana, which came from Aceh and was intended for delivery to the West Java district of Cianjur, was placed inside 60 sacks weighing a total of 2.613 tons. The sacks were carried on a truck and covered under avocados.
Tatar said the police arrested two men driving the truck for acting as couriers for the marijuana delivery. The suspects were identified as Ucok, 49, and Munardi, 35, both from Bireuen district in Aceh.
“They planned to transport [the marijuana] to Merak Port in Banten, and then to bring it to the West Java district of Cianjur,” Tatar said. “They were hoping to pass through [security checkpoints] with the crowded Idul Fitri traffic.”
Tatar said the two men received Rp 3 million ($316) to deliver the drugs, which was worth an estimated Rp 5 billion.
He said they received the order from another man, identified only as Sahrul, who had been on the police’s wanted list.
Ucok and Munardi both allegedly violated three articles in the 2009 Narcotics Law, Tatar said, including one that carries a maximum sentence of the death penalty.
Indonesia has increasingly been targeted by international drug
syndicates, with police having made a series of arrests and judges
handing down sentences to several members of syndicates this month
Last week, Bali Police arrested two foreign residents on
Aug. 15 after reportedly finding marijuana and crystal methamphetamine
in their homes, police said.
The arrests were unrelated, according to Bali Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Sri Harmiti.
day earlier, the Denpasar Military Court also sentenced a member of the
Indonesian Military (TNI) to four years in jail for possession of
ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine. The soldier was also convicted for
acting as a drug courier.
On Aug. 10, Indonesian authorities in
Manado, North Sulawesi, foiled an attempt to smuggle Rp 7.8 billion
worth of crystal methamphetamine into the country, arresting two South
Africans for alleged drug trafficking.
They were caught carrying
six kilograms of crystal meth inside their luggage, which was hidden
between pieces of clothing in a suitcase as they entered Indonesia
through Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado.