Bali Customs Foils Bid to Smuggle 1,540 Grams of Methamphetamine

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Customs officers at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport have foiled an attempt to smuggle 1,540 grams of methamphetamine into the island by a South African national.

“There are indications showing he may be part of a Nigerian international syndicate,” Chief of Customs Office for Bali and Nusa Tenggara, Rahmat Subagio told reporters here on Friday (Feb 15).

He stated the suspect, Stephen Henri Lubbe (58), was believed to have been paid to smuggle the illegal stuff into the resort island.

However, relevant officers are still investigating the case, questioning his role and investigating possible other actors behind the narcotic smuggling attempt.

Lubbe, known to be an electrician, was caught by the security officers on Sunday (Feb 9) at 01.00 AM shortly after disembarking from Hong Kong Airlines Flight HX 6705, serving the Hong Kong-Denpasar route.

He said he had concealed the contraband in his grey suitcase.

“An X-ray screening showed something suspicious in his suitcase, following which our officers found inside the grey suitcase white crystal substance wrapped in a plastic. We then examined it and it was later proven to be narcotic stuff,” he said.

Subagio further explained that in the black market, the price of the meth is estimated at around Rp2 million per gram.

“Based on our calculations, the total value of the meth is about Rp3 billion,” he said.

Bali’s customs office then handed over the suspect to the Bali Regional Police for further investigation.

Lubbe is believed to have violated Article 113 of Law Number 35 of 2009 relating to narcotics.

If convicted, he may face a minimum sentence of five years, and a maximum one of 20 years in jail.

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