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January 27, 2023, 03.36 PM

DENPASAR, KOMPAS.comBali Police has arrested a Brazilian citizen who allegedly tried to smuggle 3.6 kilograms of cocaine into Indonesia on New Year’s Day.

Bali Police’s director of criminal investigation, Senior Commissioner Iwan Eka Putra, said that the 19-year-old woman identified by initial MVDAF arrived in I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport at about 3:00 a.m. local time by Qatar Airways.

When customs officers carried out checks on all luggage of passengers, they found suspected items inside the two suitcases that belong to MVDAF. Then, they continued with a thorough search.

“Based on the results of an X-ray image analysis of the passenger's luggage, a total of 3.6 kilograms of cocaine was kept inside the two gray-colored of Delsey soft case suitcases,” Iwan told reporters on Friday, Jan. 27.

Also read: Jakarta Police Foil Cocaine Smuggling Attempt

Officers also found four tablets of class IV of psychotropic drugs namely clonazepam with a net weight of 0.72 grams in the perpetrator’s bag.

Following the finding, the Customs officers reported the matter to the Bali Police Narcotics Investigation Directorate for further investigation.

Iwan said that based on preliminary investigations, the perpetrator was allegedly used by drug-trafficking networks from Latin America. The perpetrator carried the illegal drug because she was promised free surfing lesson in Bali.

“She is a 19-year-old woman whose hobby is surfing. Her neighbor back home promised her that [surfing lesson], so she brought the drug with her,” he said.

If found guilty, she could face a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment.

(Writer: Yohanes Valdi Seriang Ginta | Editor: Dheri Agriesta)


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