Solo, Central Java. A female Islamic Law student from a Jakarta university was arrested at the Adi Soemarmo International Airport over the weekend for attempting to smuggle almost one kilogram of methamphetamine, a customs official said on Monday.
The student, only identified as J.N., is a student in a magister program at an Islamic state university in Jakarta. She was caught with 946 grams of methamphetamine hidden in three hollowed out books inside of her carry-on bag shortly after arriving onboard a flight from Singapore.
Nirwla Dwi Heryanto, the head of the customs office for Central Java and Yogyakarta, told a press conference that the drugs, divided into plastic bags, were detected when the bag went through an X-ray machine.
“The meth has a value of Rp 1.8 billion [$147,420],” he said. ”We have just handed over J.N. to the Boyolali Police for further questioning.”
The student, according to Nirwala, claimed that the meth belonged to her friend in Cambodia who she had gotten to know through Facebook. She left Cambodia for Singapore on Dec. 22, and then flew to Solo on Dec. 28.
J.N. lives in Ciputat, Tangerang, just southwest of Jakarta.
Adj. Comr. A.A. Gde Oka, who heads the Boyolali Police’s narcotics division, said that the police were currently looking into whether a syndicate was involved in the smuggling attempt.
On Dec. 2, customs officials at the Adi Sutjipto International Airport in Yogyakarta arrested a female Indian national arriving from Singapore. She was caught with 2.8 kilograms of methamphetamine estimated to be worth Rp 5.6 billion.