Indonesia police seize over a ton of crystal meth on ship

The Indonesian navy early this month seized 1.3 tons of crystal methamphetamine and arrested four Taiwanese crew on a ship spotted in the strait between Singapore and Indonesia. (Courtesy Indonesian Navy)
Updated 20 February 2018
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Indonesia police seize over a ton of crystal meth on ship

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities early Tuesday seized 1.6 tons of crystal methamphetamine hidden on a Singapore-flagged ship in their second major drug bust this month, officials said.
Customs inspectors said they spotted the vessel between Indonesia’s Sumatra island and Singapore and reported it to police.
A subsequent search of the ship turned up the huge haul of narcotics stuffed into some 81 rice sacks. Four Taiwanese crew were arrested including a 69-year-old man.
“We are currently weighing the drugs and questioning four Taiwanese crew,” tax and customs agency spokesman Deni Sirjantoro said.
Indonesian authorities said they had been looking for the ship for several months on suspicion it was shipping drugs to Indonesia and Australia, adding that it may have flown flags from different countries to avoid detection.
Earlier this month the Indonesian navy seized 1.3 tons of crystal methamphetamine and arrested four Taiwanese crew on a ship spotted in the strait between Singapore and Indonesia.
Indonesia has some of the world’s toughest anti-drugs laws, including capital punishment for some trafficking cases.


Trump, without evidence, blasts social media companies over his followers

Updated 31 min 42 sec ago
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Trump, without evidence, blasts social media companies over his followers

  • Trump accused Facebook, Twitter and Google of blocking his followers and making it harder for people to follow him

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday again criticized social media companies Facebook Inc. , Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc. , alleging that they were biased against him and other Republicans, but offering no evidence.
Trump accused the companies of blocking his followers and making it harder for people to follow him. The companies have said in recent months that they have removed suspicious accounts after the networks were used in misinformation campaigns attempting to influence voters in the 2016 US presidential race and other elections.