Tangerang, Banten province (ANTARA News) - The Customs and Excise officials at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Wednesday seized 4,568 grams of methamphetamine, worth Rp6 billion, concealed inside 11 womens footwear, stated an official.

"The 11 shoes belonged to a Thailand national, with the initial J.S., who had fled China and was on her way to Bali via the Soekarno-Hatta Airport," Chief of Soekarno-Hatta Airports Custom and Excise Office Okto Irianto remarked here on Wednesday.

Okto added that the officials at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport found the unattended bag containing methamphetamine, which belonged to the Thai national. The officials failed to arrest her, as her flight to Bali had already taken off.

Retrieving the suspects information from the baggage claim, Soekarno-Hatta officers then called the Customs Office personnel at the Bali Airport and urged them to arrest the suspect once she landed in Bali.

According to police investigation, the suspect was a member of an international drug dealer network from China. She was assigned the task of delivering the drugs to several drug dealers across Indonesia.

The suspect was charged with Regulation Number 35/2009, which carries a sentence of 10 years in jail and a fine of Rp10 billion. However, she may be given death sentence, as according to the Indonesian law, anyone arrested in possession of more than 5 grams of drugs can be awarded a death sentence. The police are still investigating this case and tracing the suspects local buyers.(*)

Editor: Heru Purwanto
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