Drug bust in Timor-Leste

Tempo Semanal broke a story today about almost 8 kilograms of methamphetamine being seized in Dili, capital of Timor-Leste, arriving via Silk Air from Singapore to be sent on to Indonesia. Why this wasn't delat with in Singapore, I don't know. Warren Wright has a translation of the first part of the story:

East Timor security officials have arrested several Indonesians and some Mozambiquans because of their alleged involvement in importing drugs through East Timor. Tomorrow, at 12.00om, the government will hold a press conference about the matter in Dili.

According to information that has been obtained by Tempo Semanal, the suspects who imported almost 8 kilograms of methamphetamine (shabu-shabu) from Africa via Singapore will be handed over to the Indonesian National Narcotics Agency (Badan Nasional Narkotika) tomorrow.

On Saturday, Tempo Semanal was able to take photographs of one of the Indonesians arrested in Dili while picking up the drugs that were transported in baggage from Singapore. More information will be published in the Sunday edition of Tempo Semanal which will issue tomorrow morning.

East Timorese law does not provide for the death penatly or life imprisonment so those who traffic drugs from other countries choose this country as the gate for drug trafficking.

On 20 August last, 4 Indonesians imported 5 kilograms of methamphetamine to East Timor and then went to Kupang (in Indonesia) where they were arrested on 22 August 2012.

Tempo Semanal has some great pics. Here's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao pointing at the alleged perps:

Here's the contraband:

This dude, Budi Santoso, is allegedly behind it all:

Ed Ress has a little more:

All of this comes about the same time as a kilo of heroin apparently on its way to Timor-Leste was seized in Jakarta. From the Jak Post:

The customs office said on Monday that it had thwarted the smuggling of 1.06 kilograms of heroin worth more than Rp 2.4 billion (US$249,360) from India through Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta.

The package was to be sent to Timor Leste via Indonesia, Agus Sudarmaji, an official at the Jakarta customs agency, said on Monday.

“The package was hidden among golf equipment packed in a wooden box,” Agus said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.

From Timor Post (via CJITL):

Ruak: PNTL seized drugs; Police officers need to work hard

President of the Republic Taur Matan Ruak and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão called on PNTL to work hard.

“I received information from the Prime Minister who said that PNTL had seized six kg [note: incorrect figure, I think] of drugs. That is what we have seized now but this quantity will be added to every day, therefore, PNTL’s dedication is needed to combat it,” said Ruak.

There was also another, unrelated, drug story in Timor Post earlier this month:

A Chinese has been suspected of being engaged in distributing drugs in Terra Santa in Comoro of Dili Comoro chief of village, Eurico Da Costa de Jesus said.

Mr. da Costa said he had reported the case to Timorese National Police (PNTL), Comoro Police Station.

"Some PNTL officers and I went to the scene of selling drugs, but PNTL has not yet been captured the suspect, he is a Chinese who is married to a Timorese woman," he explained.

The PNTL have certainly been busy!

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