Indonesia seized 2.5 tonnes of methamphetamine from Afghanistan

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — At least one person has lost his life, while 17 others have been arrested in an action against drug trafficking in Indonesia.

Indonesian police say they have busted “a chain involved in the attempted trafficking of more than 2.5 tonnes of methamphetamine originating in Afghanistan”.

On April 10, police found 1,278 tonnes on a boat that docked in the Aceh Besar district. Five days later, police seized another 1,267 tonnes from Aceh Barat district, said Indonesian National Police Chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo.

He said one of the suspects was killed during the arrest. Among the suspects was a Nigerian, while the others were Indonesians.

The Aceh traffickers’ network is linked to six people currently serving sentences, said Agus Andrianto, head of the Criminal Investigation Department.

He said people from Afghanistan, Nigeria and Malaysia are involved in the narcotics trafficking network.

Indonesia has very strict laws when it comes to drugs. More than 150 people have been sentenced to death, mostly for narcotics-related crimes, and about a third of them are foreigners.

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