The Navy In Indonesia Discover £66 Million Worth Of Cocaine Floating At Sea Near Merak Port

Indonesian Navy sailors who had been deployed to ensure secure travel during the Eid al-Fitr holiday have made the biggest cocaine seizure ever in Indonesia after finding plastic packages filled with the drug floating at sea.

The Indonesian Navy has made the countries biggest seizure of cocaine
The Indonesian Navy has made the countries biggest seizure of cocaine

Indonesia has strict drug laws with those convicted of smuggling running the risk of being executed by firing squad, however, the country is a major hub for drug trafficking in south-east Asia.

The navy's deputy chief of staff said at a news conference that four black packages containing 179kg (394lb) of cocaine were found floating near Merak port on Java island on Sunday, the huge seizure has been valued at 1.2 trillion rupiah (£66 million)

Vice Admiral Ahmadi Heri Purwono said, "Smuggling drugs by throwing packages and a buoy into the sea is a common tactic."

He explained that the smugglers would have likely thrown the drugs into the water near a port for them to be moved by a speedboat, he said that the packages were likely being monitored when they were seized by the navy.

Admiral Purwono said, "This is a spectacular seizure of cocaine, considering its huge value and the impact on the people as a result of the illicit drugs."

Authorities are currently carrying out a large-scale investigation but so far no one has been arrested.

Navy personnel display packages of cocaine worth £66 million
Navy personnel display packages of cocaine worth £66 million

The navy officers who discovered the packages were among 5,000 navy personnel who had been deployed in the area to secure Eid al-Fitr homecomings.

Millions of Indonesians celebrate the holiday at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by taking the trip across the vast archipelago to visit family and friends.

According to the UN drug office, Indonesia is a major drug smuggling hub mainly due to the fact that international drug cartels target its young population with promises of wealth.

Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency estimates that out of a country with a population of 270 million people there are approximately 5.6 million drug users.

Almost all of the 150 people currently on death row in Indonesia have been convicted of drug-related crimes, around 30% of them are also foreigners.

The country last held a round of executions in 2016 when an Indonesian, as well as three foreigners, were executed by a firing squad.

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