Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Navy has foiled an attempt by two suspected members of an international drug syndicate to smuggle 29 kg of drugs into the country from Malaysia via Asahan waters in North Sumatra.
The suspects’ boat was intercepted in Asahan waters by a patrol boat from the Tanjung Balai naval base on June 21, Commander of the Indonesian Navy’s First Fleet Command, Rear Admiral Arsyad Abdullah, said in a statement. a press release received by ANTARA here Friday.
The men, identified by their initials S and RS, were arrested. Both are residents of Tanjung Balai town, Abdullah said.
On the suspects’ boat, Navy personnel found 29kg of crystal meth packed in 29 bags and 12 bags containing around 60,000 ecstasy pills inside a fish tank, he said.
The suspects told Navy investigators they were asked to carry the drugs by another person, identified as F, who promised to pick up the delivery on the open sea, he added.
The navy handed over the suspects to the National Narcotics Agency (BNN)-North Sumatra Bureau for further investigation, he said.
Domestic and transnational drug traffickers see Indonesia as a potential market due to its huge population and millions of drug addicts. The drug trade in the country is valued at nearly 66 trillion rupees.
While people from all walks of life fall prey to drugs, regardless of their socio-economic and professional backgrounds, in recent decades the Indonesian government has taken harsh punitive measures against drug lords. discovered in drug trafficking and trade in the country.
The BNN has called for capital punishment for those involved in drug trafficking in the country.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has also issued shoot-on-sight orders against the drug lords.
However, this has failed to deter drug traffickers, who continue to treat Indonesia as a main market, prompting Indonesian law enforcement to increase their vigilance against them.
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