The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) discovered 35 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside a truck carrying vegetables from Aceh enroute to Jakarta in a raid in Cilegon, Banten, on Saturday.
The officers also arrested three suspects, Muazir, Riski and Ridwan.
BNN eradication division deputy head Insp. Gen. Arman Depari said investigators initially received a tip off that a load of crystal methamphetamine would be transported to Jakarta using a truck from Medan, North Sumatra.
"The investigations were led to a yellow and blue Colt Diesel truck with the plate number BK 9434 EN carrying vegetables such as cabbages," Arman said on Saturday as reported by Warta Kota.
BNN officers then followed the truck from Lampung until it crossed over from Bakauheni Port to Merak Port in Banten. The team then intercepted the truck on Jl. Raya Jakarta-Merak and searched its cargo.
"The team found 35 bags of sabu-sabu [crystal methamphetamine] in the back of the truck. The sabu-sabu weighed 35 kilograms,” he said.
BNN investigators then arrested the truck’s driver, Muazir, as a suspect. They also questioned the driver’s assistant, who is currently only a witness in the case.
Muazir told investigators that he received the crystal methamphetamine from Riski based on order from Ridwan, who lives in Langsa in Aceh.
“From that information, we coordinated with the Langsa Narcotics Agency and arrested Riski and Ridwan in Tanjung Putus in Gampong Jawa subdistrict in Langsa,” Arman added.
Investigators searched Ridwan and Riski’s houses where they confiscated cars, motorbikes and Rp 268 million (US$18,617) in cash, among other items.
"We confiscated them because we suspected the belongings were the results of the narcotics trade. We will also look into possible money laundering," Arman said.
He added that the truck, the 35 kg of crystal methamphetamine and the truck driver were taken to BNN's headquarters in Cawang, East Jakarta. (ami)