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Detained Pregnant Woman From Cambodia Could Face Death

by Yuli Krisna

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Custom officers at Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung, West Java, on Wednesday arrested a pregnant Cambodian woman for allegedly smuggling 205 grams of methamphetamine. The accused, identified as S.S., entered the airport from Singapore via a Tigerair flight.

Suspicious customs officers found nothing in the woman’s luggage, but after a body search discovered a package of drugs inside her anus.

“We conducted a test in the laboratory and the test confirmed that the package contained sabu,” said Benediktus Jarot Jatmika, the head of Bandung’s customs office, using the Indonesian term for methamphetamine.

The officers also conducted an ultrasound to confirm the woman’s claim that she was three months pregnant.

“We suspected she was pretending to be pregnant but after we conducted a USG we indeed saw a fetus, no other illicit substances,” he said.

Jarot said the 26 year-old woman could face the death sentence, saying she was a courier for an international drug trafficking ring. The officers suspect S.S. was used by her own husband, a Nigerian national.

The officers also arrested a German man identified as D.O. at the airport. The suspect was caught carrying six pills of ecstasy and 0.54 grams of methamphetamine.

“We believe he is only a user who visited Bandung for a holiday,” Jarot said.

In 2013, the Bandung customs office managed to halt four drug smuggling attempts and seized 3,790 grams of methamphetamine.

Jarot said since the airport was opened to international flights from Singapore and Malaysia, it had become a target for drug smugglers.

“All international airports can be entry points,’ he said.

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