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60kg of heroin seized in Jakarta on local tip

60kg of heroin seized in Jakarta on local tip

CUSTOMS officials at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport seized 60 kilograms of heroin on Wednesday after receiving a tip from the Cambodian National Anti-Drug Authority, officials from the Ministry of Interior said Thursday.

Mok Dara, director of the ministry's Anti-drug Trafficking Department, said local officials tipped off the Indonesian Customs and Excise Office last week about the drug shipment, sent via international courier company DHL. "This is a new success for Cambodia to tip off Indonesia about the arrest of a suspected receiver," he said. "We have had many successes, receiving appreciation from Thailand, Vietnam, India and China, all of whom we have tipped off about drug smuggling through Cambodia."

The Jakarta Post quoted Indonesian customs office chief Bahaduri Wijayanta as saying the shipment was sent via DHL on August 13 to an address in Cikini, in central Jakarta.

"With the help of the airport task force, we managed to track down the receiver. Both the suspect and evidence will be handed over to the National Police for further investigation," he said.

Those involved will likely be sentenced to death if found guilty under Indonesia's harsh drug laws.

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