Filipinos may face death in Indonesia for drug smuggling

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Indonesian custom officers show journalists three drug suspects from the Philippines with the evidence in Tangerang on April 9, 2013. Three Filipinos have been detained in Indonesia for attempted to smuggle 15.3 kilograms of methamphetamine with an estimated value of 2,1 million USD, an official said on April 9. AFP/BIMA SAKTI

JAKARTA—Three Filipinos could face death penalty in Indonesia after being caught trying to smuggle methamphetamine with a street value of $2.1 million into the country, an official said Tuesday.

The trio were arrested last week with the 15.3-kilogram (33.7-pound) drugs haul after arriving from Hong Kong at the main airport serving the capital Jakarta, customs official Okto Irianto told reporters.

“They hid the crystal methamphetamine in 15 boxes of milk powder. Each brought five boxes in their suitcase,” he said.

The trio, whose names were not released, allegedly carried the drugs — which the official said had a street value of $2.1 million — with them in their hand luggage.

The men, one aged in his 40s, one in his 50s, and the third 61, admitted having previously smuggled drugs into other countries, according to Irianto.

“They are professional couriers and this was their first attempt to smuggle drugs into Indonesia,” Irianto said. Police are quizzing them to find out more details about the drug-smuggling gang they worked with.

They could face the death penalty if found guilty under Indonesia’s tough drugs laws, Irianto said.

Foreigners are frequently arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs into Indonesia, including many on Bali who are held in the resort island’s notorious Kerobokan prison.

On Monday Briton Lindsay Sandiford lost her first attempt to appeal a death sentence imposed in January after she was caught arriving in Bali carrying cocaine with an estimated street value of $2.4 million.

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  • John atm

    Hopefully they are not guilty but if they, are let them have it and more…

    • kanoy

      HUH? THEY GET CAUGHT RED HANDED WITH $2,100,000=P86,498,883 OF SHABU AND YOU HOPE THEY ARE NOT GUILTY? NOT GUILTY OF WHAT EXACTLY?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000923389289 David Bobir

    No sympathy….including for my own countrymen there on similar charges

  • regd

    Try them and if found guilty, fry them.
    Expect the black dude (maligno who else) to plead for leniency from Indonesia and then money from us. That’s all he does.

    My sympathy to the families of the accused.

    • kanoy

      LOL oh lordy here comes BINAY again doing his best impression of RODNEY KING ”CAN’T WE ALL JUST….GET ALONG” WEEP WEEP SEND THEM P800,000,000 SAVE THEM SAVE THEM

  • $18209031

    If you deal in drugs , then its die time . Drug is the scourge of mankind . It has to be dealt with accordingly. Best thing these purveyors of death is to pray to Santo Papeng de Imahe for deliverance. Then bye bye mama.

  • Hey_Dudes

    It is time Philippine government stop going out of it’s way assisting criminals caught in countries where the drug laws are so severe. Right inside Jakarta international airport terminals are posters that says…..”Bring Illegal Drugs – you are dead”. Which part of that warning did these three Filipinos not understand?

  • $5699914

    Ginusto ninyo iyan, pagdusahan ninyo.

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