French man arrested for drug trafficking in Indonesia

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A French man was arrested earlier this week coming into Jakarta’s airport with drugs in his luggage, Indonesian officials said Thursday. He was arrested Tuesday with five kilograms of methamphetamine.


"Our officers found a suspicious package when it went through an X-Ray machine," Evy Suhartantyo, a spokesperson for Soekarno-Hatta airport, told the AFP news agency.

The 53-year-old man, identified only as Gerard D, came into Indonesia on an Emirates Airways flight from Dubai.

Customs agents found five kilograms of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of 644,400 euros, hidden inside the lining of his suitcase.

Police also arrested an Iranian man and an Indonesian man in West Jakarta who were expected to receive the package, according to the spokesperson.

Indonesia has stiff penalties for drug traffickers. The French is being detained by police, and faces life imprisonment or the death penalty if he is tried convicted.

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