Customs and Excise officers have foiled an attempt to smuggle 1,040 grams of heroin, worth Rp 2 billion (US$217,675), through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport from Pakistan and named an Indonesian as a suspect.
Airport customs office chief Oza Olivia said in a press conference on Wednesday that the heroin was hidden in the frame of a piece of calligraphy sent from Pakistan on Sunday to a man identified only as A.
“Officers conducted a thorough examination of the frame and found 13 plastic bags containing a brown powder. Laboratory test confirmed that the brown powder is heroin,” she said.
Customs officers and the police then conducted a controlled delivery to the receiver’s address in Cipondoh, Tangerang Municipality, where they arrested a man named Musnah, 34, who works as a shopkeeper.
In a separate case, officers also seized 7.2 grams of crystal methamphetamine (shabu-shabu) worth Rp 14 million from a Chinese citizen identified as GJ, 39, who flew from Fuzhou, China with Cathay Pacific (CX-719) on April 13.
Officers also seized two pipes used to consume shabu-shabu from the suspect.
Hendri Yosodiningrat, the chairman of the Anti-Narcotic National Movement (Granat), attended the press conference and said that he appreciated the Customs and Excise officers’ success in curbing attempts to smuggle drugs into the country.
“Drug smuggling is a crime against humanity. It is well organized and therefore we are committed to fight against drug abuse across the country,” he said.
He said that Granat would facilitate customs officers’ efforts to curb drug smuggling into the country, and also promised to follow drug smuggling cases until the perpetrators were dealt severe punishments.
“We are ready to provide legal advocacy for customs officers, including professional lawyers to handle drug cases,” he said.