Customs Today reported on the seizure of 18 lbs of crystal methamphetamine, or 'crystal meth' in Jakarta by Indonesia's National Police, with 11 smugglers arrested who were said to be "members of an international drug smuggling ring" operating in the city, and the syndicate said to have been "controlled from China", with drugs distributed from Jakarta to “other big cities throughout the country".
4.6 lbs of the drugs were "hidden inside 14 printer ink cartridges from China", with Senior Commissioner Rikwanto stating that "the syndicate used a new method by hiding their drugs inside ink cartridges and mini diesel machines before they delivered them here". Chief Brigadier General Anjan Parmuka Putra meanwhile noted that the group "distributed the drugs to Jakarta because they saw a higher demand here where people were willing to pay a lot more compared to the Chinese market".
One pound of 'crystal meth' is sold for around Rp 300 million ($23,341) in China, but in Indonesia drug dealers can sell the same amount for around Rp one billion to 1.5 billion ($77,909 to $116,863). The raids took place in January, with three separate raids resulting in the seizure and the arrest of the 11 men, with all facing "multiple charges" including Article 114 clause two of the country's Law No. 35/2009, which "carries the death penalty as a maximum sentence".
Anjan stated that he hopes "the court will sentence all of them to death, or at least they should get life sentences", and claimed that the raids will have "saved around 8,100 people in the country from drug addiction", while Rikwanto noted that Jakarta's "lavish nightlife" had made it "a lucrative destination for drug-trafficking syndicates". Customs Today pointed out that the Indonesian judicial system “is currently under the international spotlight" as two Australians are facing the death penalty "for trying to smuggle about 17.6 lbs of heroin" into the country in 2005.
Source: Smugglers used cartridges to transport meth