Thai nabbed on Indonesia drug charge
- Published: 1/04/2013 at 03:18 PM
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A 36-year-old Thai woman has been arrested for attempting to smuggle illegal drugs into Indonesia.
A 36-year-old Thai woman is facing a minimum sentence of five years in prison in Indonesia after she was arrested for attempting to smuggle one kilogram of crystal meth into the country. (File photo)
Runtipang Ammahia was apprehended at the Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi, for allegedly importing one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine into the country.
The haul has an estimated street value of 1.2 billion rupiah (3.6 million baht).
Ms Ammahia entered Indonesia from Singapore on March 29. The drugs were discovered after police carried out an x-ray scan of her suitcase. Officials then opened the luggage and found two aluminium foil-wrapped packages within stacks of clothing, which contained crystal meth, known as "shabu-shabu" in Indonesia.
Local police spokesman Sr Comr Endi Sutendi confirmed the arrest. “She is undergoing a string of investigations,” he told the Jakarta Post. “When her luggage was x-ray checked they detected several objects inside that aroused suspicion. Each package contained 500 grams of shabu-shabu.”
Endi added that a joint operation team of the South Sulawesi police and Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency (BNN) branch are investigating whether the suspect was part of a smuggling network in Jakarta. It is not known whether she has been involved in previous drug smuggling cases.
Last year, the BNN arrested a Singaporean at Sultan Hanasuddin airport for bringing one kilogram of shabu-shabu into the country.
“We continue to investigate the case as there is a possibility that the suspect is part of a drug syndicate in Indonesia,” said Endi.
If proven guilty, Ms Ammahia could face a minimum of five years in prison.