The task force personnel belonging to the Infantry Battalion of 641 Raider/Beruang unit foiled the attempt in Sebunga Hamlet of Aruk Village, Sajingan Besar Subdistrict, Sambar District, West Kalimantan Province, on December 10.
Besides seizing 51 kg of crystal meth or sabu-sabu, they also arrested a woman identified as EP, 43, and a man identified as MT, 29, for allegedly attempting to smuggle in the illicit drug at an integrated border security check-point of Sajingan, he said.
The smuggling attempt was foiled following three days of surveillance, Rahmad added.
Indonesia remains under grave threat from drug dealers, as several individuals from its working-age population have been embroiled in a vicious circle.
According to the National Narcotics Agency's (BNN's) report, some 50 drug use-related deaths occur in Indonesia. However, their deaths have failed to deter other drug users in the country from consuming these banned substances.
The illicit drugs, particularly crystal meth, are frequently smuggled into Indonesia from Malaysia.
On December 10, for instance, BNN thwarted a trans-national drug ring's attempt to trade 60 kilograms of crystal meth recently smuggled from Malaysia into Medan, the capital of North Sumatra Province.
The crystal meth, packed into 50 bags, was seized during a drug raid the BNN squad personnel conducted at a house on Pertiwi Street of Bantan Village, Medan Tembung Subdistrict, BNN Eradication Division's Deputy Inspector General Arman Depari revealed.
The illicit drugs were brought from a drug kingpin in Malaysia on a wooden boat into the Indonesian waters, he said.
On the same day, the West Jakarta Metropolitan Police narcotics squad personnel arrested an ex-Malaysian model, identified as DY, in a drug raid operation at a luxurious apartment in South Tangerang, Banten Province.
This 39-year-old woman was accused of being a member of a transnational drug ring which smuggled a package of crystal meth from the neighboring country into Indonesia, West Jakarta Metropolitan Police Chief, Sen. Coms. Hengki Haryadi, said. (INE)
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