Iranians biggest drug smugglers to Indonesia
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 06/20/2010 5:30 PM | National 

The Indonesian government has said that Iranian nationals are the most common 
smugglers of class-A drugs into the country as of January this year.

Malaysians were the next-highest group, with eight suspects arrested so far 
this year, followed by India with six suspects, reported.

The Customs and Excise Office at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in 
Tangerang, Banten, has arrested 15 Iranian nationals this year linked to 22 
cases. It has also seized a total 115 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 
locally known as shabu-shabu), ketamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

"All of the evidence together is worth Rp 278 billion (US$30.5 million) at 
market value," the office's head Baduri Wijayanta said Sunday.

All of the arrested Iranian smugglers were believed to be part of an Iran-based 
international drug syndicate, he added.

The office's head of prosecutions Gatot Sugeng Wibowo said the Iran-based drug 
mafia might not have been aware that Indonesia enforced the death penalty for 
drug smuggling.

The 2009 Narcotics Law carries the death penalty and a Rp 10 billion fine for 
anyone in possession of more than 5 grams of drugs.

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