Indonesia's police bust int'l drug syndicate

Indonesia's police bust int'l drug syndicate

INDONESIA - Drugs with a street value of Rp 13.38 billion (S$1.4 billion) were seized when police busted an international drugs ring, responsible for smuggling heroin, ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine (locally known as shabu-shabu) from Jakarta to Surabaya in East Java.

City Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said on Monday that the gang had used cargo trains to transport their haul and as such the police had worked closely with state-owned train company PT KAI to coordinate the bust.

"We have been working with the management for a month. On Oct. 18, we arrested a drug dealer, identified as BU, in Tamansari, West Jakarta," he said.

Rikwanto said BU had told the police that the drugs were supplied from the syndicate's network in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. "They used fishing boats to get the drugs from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Riau. The drugs were transported to Jakarta by private vehicles and sold to JN, a suspected drug kingpin in Jakarta," he added.

The police have so far arrested seven members of the syndicate.

In total the police seized 70 grams of heroin, 962 ecstasy pills and 5.5 kilograms of shabu-shabu.

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