“On September 28, 2020, we received information from the public that there will be (an attempt to) smuggle crystal methamphetamine through a cargo-forwarding service from Nigeria to Jakarta via the Soekarno-Hatta Airport,” director of drug crimes at the Bareskrim, Brigadier General Krisno H. Siregar, said at a press conference at the National Police Headquarters here on Wednesday.
On October 2, 2020, a joint team was sent to verify the information. The team found two boxes containing six packages of crystal meth wrapped in transparent plastic and hidden in an old filter iron, he said.
On the morning of October 5, 2020, a man, identified as A, handled the documentation for transporting the packages, but then discarded the plan. The same evening, two other men — identified as SZ and EF — took charge of the packages.
“They took the packages on board an online taxi,” he informed.
The joint team, in cooperation with the traffic unit of the airport police, chased and stopped the taxi. Both SZ and EF tried to resist arrest and flee, but the team managed to detain them.
During interrogation, they told police that a Malaysia-based international syndicate was controlling drug trafficking in Indonesia.
They agreed to take police officials to A’s hideouts but, on the way to the locations, SZ tried to escape, Siregar said.
“We took a stern and measurable action that led to SZ’s death,” he added.
Police are on the lookout for A, who is still on the run.
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