Customs and excise officials in Aceh confiscated Rp 10 billion (US$1.05 million) worth of drugs on Sunday, in a drug bust that officials are calling the biggest of the year so far.
The drugs consisted of two kilograms of heroin and one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as shabu-shabu.
The suspect carrying the three kilograms of drugs was captured at Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport in Aceh on Sunday.
The suspect had entered the country on an Air Asia plane inbound from Malaysia.
“Officials were initially duped because the drugs had gone undetected during an X-ray scan. One official, however, was suspicious of the suspect’s black bag and tried to stab the bag with a knife. That’s when a white-colored powder began to come out of the bag,” said Harry Mulya, who is head of Aceh’s customs and excise directorate general, as quoted by kompas.com.
“We believe the suspect is a courier who was ordered to deliver these drugs to a drug dealer. The suspect told us he would be paid as much as Rp 30 million for doing so.”
Harry said the suspect was part of an international drug syndicate.
Aside from the drugs, officials also confiscated two cell phones, an account book and some cash.
The courier could face a minimum of 20 years in jail or the death penalty, along with a maximum fine of Rp 10 billion.