Customs Officers Foil Attempt to Smuggle Drugs Into Bali

KUTA

Customs officers of the Ngurah Rai airport in Bali has aborted an attemp to smuggle 288 grams of hashish into Bali by a German citizen, Martin Robert Moller.

“In the effort the suspect hid the drugs in his body. He inserted two capsules into his rectum and swallowed 20 other capsules,” Head of Regional Directorate General of Customs and Excise for Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, and East Nusa Tenggara, Rahmat Subagio, said here.

The suspected drug smuggler, Martin Robert Moller, was arrested on Friday (Dec 14) at 03.00 p.m. local time after departing from Bangkok, Thailand to Bali by Thai Airways flight number TG 431.

Subagio explained that officers initially did not find any suspicious objects in the bag and items carried by the suspect during an inspection using X-ray machine.

“However, the officers who have been accustomed to understand passengers’ behavior didn’t give up to examine the suspect that had been monitored due to his suspicious movement,” he said.

“While conducting physical inspection, the officer suspects the smuggler has hidden the drugs in his stomach. Officers then took the suspect to a hospital for X-rays examination,” he continued.

“After two days, we managed to take 20 capsules out of his stomach. He also caught by officers when pulling out two other capsules from his rectum,” he went on.

Subagio stated the police are still conducting in-depth investigation on Moller since he is known to have visited Bali for several times.

According to him, the selling price of hashish is estimated at Rp600 thousand (about US$62.5) per gram, so that total value of the evidence is predicted to reach around US$17.95 million.

The suspect will be charged under the Law No.35 of 2009 on Drugs Smuggling, with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of Rp10 billion.

“For further legal process, we handed the suspect to the Bali Police,” said Subagio.

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