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2 Hong Kong men arrested trying to smuggle drugs into Indonesia, may face death penalty

Published on Jun 13, 2014 7:53 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - Two Hong Kong men, including a 17-year-old, have been arrested trying to smuggle almost US$600,000 (S$750,000) worth of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia, an offence punishable by death, an official said on Friday.

The teenager was the youngest-ever person caught trying to traffic drugs through the international airport that serves the capital Jakarta, customs official Okto Irianto told AFP.

The 17-year-old, identified only by his initials "C.K.", and the second man, a 25-year-old identified as "H.T.", were caught with 5.2kg of the drug strapped to their bodies, he said. The drugs had an estimated street value of 7 billion rupiah (S$770,000), said Mr Irianto, who is the airport customs chief.

The men were caught after flying directly to Jakarta from Hong Kong on a Cathay Pacific flight on May 21, he said.

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