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Diving and Drugs Donít Mix

Iranian Tourist May Face Death Penalty for Smuggling 18 Kilograms of Methamphetamines into Indonesia

(9/24/2011) The Jakarta Globe report that Jakarta police and customs officials have arrested an Iranian national attempting to smuggle US$2 million worth of methamphetamine concealed inside diving tanks via the Jakarta International Airport.

Rosul Solihikan, 30, was taken into custody on Monday, September 19, 2011, when the man tried to take delivery of two diving tanks with 18 kilograms of methamphetamines concealed within.

Gatot Sugeng Wibowo of the Jakarta Custom office told Agence France Presse (AFP) ,

“he and the package arrived on the same day last week on different flights from Iran.”

The Iranian had used Qatar Airway flights for both his own ticket and his separate cargo shipment of illicit drugs.

According to the Jakarta Globe, Iranian drug cartels are among the main suppliers of heroin and crystal methamphetamines to Indonesia, displacing West Africans who once held that dubious distinction.

The Iranian is still being interrogated by police who have the option of charging the man with crimes carrying a penalty of life imprisonment or death before a firing squad.

In the past year alone, eight Iranian have been sentenced to life in prison for trying to smuggle drugs into Bali.

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