Indonesia arrests five Taiwanese for drug trafficking, death penalty possible

Indonesia arrests five Taiwanese for drug trafficking, death penalty possible

Five Taiwanese nationals have been arrested by the Indonesian police Thursday on drug trafficking charges, Indonesian authorities said.

The arrest came amid the government’s stringent efforts to clamp down on illegal drugs trade, as it had just carried out four executions of 14 people found guilty of drug trafficking late last month.

Indonesia's National police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said Thursday that the police have busted an international drug racket by nabbing six suspects, including five Taiwanese nationals and one Indonesian, allegedly involved in peddling the contraband and seized 60 kilograms of crystal meth, in an apartment in Ancol, North Jakarta.

An interrogation has been undertaken by the police following the arrest.

The Supreme Court of Indonesia back in January sentenced three Taiwanese to death for involvement in drug trafficking two years ago. It was the first time Taiwanese criminals have been sentenced to death in Indonesia, media reports said.

The five Taiwanese suspects are facing a possible death sentence in light of judicial precedent, according to Indonesian police.