JAKARTA, April 12 – Indonesia has severed a Malaysian drug pipeline allegedly masterminded by a Indonesian drug kingpin serving time at a prison in North Sumatra, with the seizure of 97.02kg of methamphetamine (meth) and 13.69kg of ecstasy. Its National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has confiscated the crystal meth, believed to have been smuggled from Malaysia.
The Jakarta Post, quoting BNN head Budi Waseso in Medan, said the drug network was reportedly run by a prisoner, identified only as ‘Toni’, who was serving time at the Lubuk Pakam prison in Deli Serdang regency in North Sumatra. He said the suspect was known to have a ‘stranglehold’ on the drugs smuggled from Malaysia while enjoying lavish facilities in the prison.
He said as quoted by the local English newspaper said the BNN has also detained a number of people allegedly involved in the (drug smuggling) operation in Medan and Makassar. Budi added initial investigations revealed that ‘Toni’ was part of an international drug syndicate which had been receiving drugs from a Malaysian accomplice.
He said in the last four months, ‘Toni’ had ordered four large drug consignments from his Malaysian partner. The first order of 25kg of meth was on Jan 21, followed by 39.6kg (March 18), 11kg (March 19) and 21.42kg, plus 44,849 ecstasy pills and 6,000 happy five pills (April 1). Budi disclosed that both the crystal meth and ecstasy pills ordered by ‘Toni’ originated from China and were smuggled into Aceh from Malaysia.