Multa Fidrus, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Thu, 01/27/2011
Officials say they arrested on Monday an Iranian man for allegedly attempting to smuggle Rp 2.2 billion (US$244,200) of crystal methamphetamine through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
Airport customs office chief Iyan Rubianto said Morteza Moosaie Mooza, 43, allegedly hid 1.5 kilograms of crystal meth in six separate places in his luggage such as laptop monitor display, a keypad, a CD drive, a speaker, laptop charger and perfume box.
We tried to turn on the portable computer. It all worked but when we rexamined the laptop we found the drugs hidden inside,” he said at a press conference at his office on Thursday.
The suspect - a wrestling coach in Tehran - said he was to deliver the drugs to someone in Jakarta, who would in turn deliver the crystal meth to Bali.
Agents from the customs office and the National Narcotics Body (BNN) tracked down Mooza’s alleged contact in Jakarta but failed to find the suspect’s Bali connection, according to Iyan.
Morteza, two other Iranians, a French citizen and a Phillipine citizen have been arrested at the airport for drug smuggling since Jan. 1., Iyan said.
Customs officers seized 8.2 kilograms of crystal meth valued at Rp 12.2 billion in the five cases, he added.