JAKARTA, NNC - A joint operation of the Indonesian Navy, National Narcotics Agency (BNN), and the police has unfoiled the smuggling of one ton of methamphetamines, locally known as sabu, in the waters of Batam, Riau Islands, on Saturday (02/10).
The one ton of meth was smuggled to Indonesia onboard the Sunrise Glory marine vessel that carried a Singapore flag. Four Taiwan nationals on board the vessel have been detained by the authorities.
The meth are packed along with with 41 bags of rice weighing between 35 kg to 42 kg, and were found in the vessel's food hold among the piles of rice.
"This discovery proves that Indonesia is still a target of the international drug trafficking syndicate," said Police Inspector General Arman Depari, Deputy of BNN Enforcement Section.
The Sunrise Glory was stopped by the Sigurot-864 Indonesian Navy patro vessel on Wednesday (02/07) at around 14.00 in the waters of the Strait of Philips, the waters which is the border between Batam Island and Singapore.
The arrest began when KRI Sigurot-864 saw KM Sunrise Glory sailing into Indonesian territory from Singapore. The vessel was then stopped and examined.
When the documents of the ship were examined, the Navy officers found something peculiar, as the vessel carried a Singapore flag but had a crew of Taiwanese national. After checking with port authorities, the vessel should have carried Indonesian flag, based on the document handed to the officers.
In addition, the skipper said that his vessel was sailing from Malaysia to Taiwan, but after being matched with Port Clearance documents, the ship was sailing from Malaysia to Thailand.
The KRI Sigurot-864 inspection team also found that the vessel's entire documents were only photocopies, without original documents.
The Sunrise Glory was then taken to Batu Ampar Wharf at Batam, and the next day handed over to the Batam Navy base.
The vessel's crew were examined again at the Batam Navy Base, and the vessel was searched. That was when officers found 41 bags of rice containing meth with a total weight of 1 ton.