Two South Africans Arrested in Manado for Attempted Smuggling of Rp 7.8 Billion of Crystal Meth
The Indonesian authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle Rp 7.8 billion ($862,800) worth of crystal methamphetamine into the country on Friday, arresting two South Africans for alleged drug trafficking.
The South African citizens, identified only as D. L., male, 23, and S. T., female, 18, 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.
They arrived on board a flight from Singapore, according to information from sources gathered by Indonesian news portal tempo.co.
The North Sulawesi branch of the National Narcotics Agency immediately tested the substance and confirmed it was crystal meth; the two foreigners were immediately handed over to Manado Police.
Manado Police chief Sr. Comr. Amran Ampulembang said, however, that another test was needed.
“There needs to be a lab test and examination at Balai POM [the local office of the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency] to confirm whether it is crystal meth or not,” Amran said.
He added police were still questioning the two suspects.