Suspected Malaysian drug dealer shot dead in police custody

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): A Malaysian citizen, suspected of smuggling drugs, is shot dead by Jakarta Police after trying to escape from custody.

The Jakarta Police have shot dead a Malaysian citizen that allegedly smuggled crystal methamphetamine from Medan in North Sumatra to Jakarta, together with an Indonesian national.

Police said on Thursday that the foreigner had been shot in the Pantai Indah Kapuk area of North Jakarta on Monday while attacking police in a bid to escape from custody.

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said in a statement on Thursday that the alleged smugglers had received the drugs from another foreigner, who was on the police’s most wanted list, in Medan on Dec. 28.

Police, after receiving a tip-off from residents, arrested the Indonesian at Boutique Hotel in Grogol Petamburan, West Jakarta, on Jan. 3.

“The officers found 10 packages of drugs, each containing 1 kilogram of crystal meth, inside a black backpack,” Argo said.

On the same day, police arrested the Malaysian in the parking area of Pullman Hotel, Central Park, Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta.

They brought the suspect to North Jakarta on Monday to help locate another member of the drug dealing network in Pantai Indah Kapuk.

During the investigation, the suspect had attacked the police officers, Argo said.

In response, police had shot him and taken his body to the National Police Hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, Argo added.


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