Indonesia foils $780,000 drug smuggling from Malaysia

The Customs and Excise officers have thwarted an attempt to smuggle 2,496 grams of shabu-shabu (crystal methamphetamine) worth Rp 7.4 billion (S$782,500) at Sri Bintan Putra International Harbor in Tanjung Pinang, Riau Islands province.

The Customs and Excise Office head Hilma Satria said on Saturday that the drug was brought in a courier, identified as EH, 20, from Malaysia and to be sold in Riau.

Satria said the drugs were found when the officers checked the courier's bag, which was x-rayed.

He said the man just arrived at the harbour, getting out of MV Marina Syahputra ship, which departed from Stulang Laut Harbor, Johor Bahru, Malaysia on Friday.

"The man claimed to be just a courier who would be paid for delivering the drugs to Riau," he said.

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