JAKARTA, Indonesia - Ten alleged Iranian drug smugglers, including eight veiled women, were caught with $12.5 million worth of methamphetamines at Indonesia’s main airport, the customs chief said yesterday.
The group was picked up at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport with 60 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 5 gallons of the drug in liquid form, said Anwar Suprijadi, customs chief.
It is the largest drug bust in the airport’s history, he said. The group had arrived on flights from Malaysia, Syria, and Qatar on Monday and Tuesday.
Indonesian authorities had never seen veiled women used as drug runners, he said. Police said they were trying to uncover a possible link to Monday’s arrest of another Iranian and an American in raids that netted more than 12 pounds of methamphetamines in the capital.