JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Directorate of Water Police (Polair) of Security Management Agency (Baharkam) of National Police in cooperation with the Directorate General of Customs and Excise of Jakarta Regional Office managed to thwart the smuggling of 6,900 bottles of various liquor brands from Malaysia and Singapore at the Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta.
Director Polair of Water and Land Police Corps (Korpolairud) of Police Baharkam Brigadier General of Police Lotharia Latif said in addition to thousands of illegal drinks, Police also secured 58 packs of cigars.
"Efforts to thwart the smuggling of illegal alcohol and cigars were carried out on August 5, 2017 on board of the passenger ship Dorolonda from the Port of Kijang Riau Islands," said Lotharia, Saturday (8/12/2017).
Lotharia added the goods were shipped to be brought to Jakarta. The smuggling mode is considered fairly new that is by bringing newspaper-wrapped liquor in a suitcase. On this occurrence, the state losses are estimated at IDR2.5 billion.
"The operation to thwart the smuggling was implemented in cooperation and agreement of the leaders in the Ministry of Finance and the National Police," Lotharia explained.
In order to develop the case, Polair of Police Baharkam submitted the evidence to customs officers through Directorate General of Customs and Excise of Jakarta Regional Office. Along with the confiscated goods, the police examined eight people, all of whom are still witnesses. (*)