The drugs were concealed in sacks containing rice.
Banjarmasin, S Kalimantan (ANTARA) - South Kalimantan's Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNNP) successfully warded off an attempt to distribute 8.2 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in rice sacks, allegedly smuggled from Malaysia.

"The drugs were concealed in sacks containing rice," South Kalimantan's BNNP Head, Brig. Gen. Jackson Lapalonga, stated here on Tuesday.

The police arrested a suspect identified by his initials as AS (37) at Ahmad Yani Street KM 5, East Banjarmasin Sub-district, Banjarmasin, on Friday (June 11).

The arrest was made after the police received a tip-off on a drug transaction plan in the area, Lapalonga revealed.

Based on its initial investigation, the police spotted an individual, who was allegedly part of the drug syndicate.

The police confiscated 4,888 grams of methamphetamine placed in five packages from the suspect and retrieved three other packages from the suspect's house in Kelayan Street, Banjarmasin City.

Lapalonga noted that AS had allegedly played a key role in the syndicate, but the police believes the syndicate might have a larger "warehouse" for keeping the drug.

"By looking at the package of methamphetamine, we suspect (the drug) had been smuggled from Malaysia, via North and East Kalimantan, and was targeted to be distributed in South Kalimantan," he stated.

AS came clean on being promised to receive Rp20 million for selling the drug.
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