Jakarta. A joint team consisting of members of the National Police, Jakarta Police and Customs and Excise officials intercepted a fishing boat carrying 1.6 tons of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as sabu, in waters off the Anambas Islands in Indonesia's Riau Islands Province on Tuesday (20/02), state-run news agency Antara reported.
The smuggling attempt was thwarted after customs officials found that the foreign vessel lacked proper documentation. It was subsequently towed to Sekupang Port in Batam, where the authorities found 80 sacks of methamphetamine, each weighing 20 kilograms, on board.
The Singapore-flagged vessel, originally from Taiwan, passed through Malaysian waters before reaching Indonesia. Four crewmembers have already been questioned.
Earlier this month, an Indonesian Navy ship intercepted another illegal fishing vessel with more than 3 tons of methamphetamine on board, in waters between Indonesia and Singapore.
The vessel, crewed by four Taiwanese nationals and flying the Singaporean flag, also lacked proper documentation.