Officials Disrupt Drug Smuggling Attempt Disguised Among Vegetable Shipment
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - A drug smuggling attempt was recently made, and the criminals sought out a vegetable truck as their vehicle of choice. As recently reported, West Jakarta Police uncovered 304 kilograms (~670 lbs) of marijuana in the Sumatra-Java network, arresting four perpetrators of the drug trafficking attempt.
“The four suspects act as couriers; the dealer promised them a Rp150 million [~$10,000 USD] fee,” said West Jakarta Police Chief Senior Commissioner Pasma Royce in a written statement Friday, September 16. “It was true that eight sacks of marijuana were found piled with vegetables which were secured by two delivery couriers…”
According to Tempo.Co, the case was first revealed on September 3 at East Sumatra Highway, Ketapang, South Lampung, when the police stopped one of the trucks delivering 20 tons of vegetables to Jakarta, suspecting marijuana was tucked in among other items in the truck. Both couriers were ordered to deliver the marijuana to Jakarta.
In addition to the illicit substance, the police also seized one Toyota car, cellular phones of the perpetrators, and a sharp weapon kept in the vehicle, as pieces of evidence.
As criminals continue to utilize fresh produce as a vehicle for their illegal activities, AndNowUKnow applauds the officials working to protect our industry.