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Police receive drug tip-off, five Nigerians nabbed over visas

Posted by THE JAKARTA POST on 2006/02/22 | Views: 812 |

Police receive drug tip-off, five Nigerians nabbed over visas


The Jakarta Police drug squad swung into action Wednesday after receiving a tip-off about members of an international drug syndicate about to meet in a hotel room in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta

The Jakarta Police drug squad swung into action Wednesday after receiving a tip-off about members of an international drug syndicate about to meet in a hotel room in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta

In a joint raid with the Jakarta Immigration Office and the Jakarta Narcotics Body (BNP Jakarta), the police found 10 people claiming to be Nigerian nationals gathered in a hotel room

They found no proof to implicate the men in drug trafficking, but five were still arrested because they were not carrying proper immigration documents

The five were arrested and handed to the immigration office for deportation

Comr. Sigit Humantio from the police's narcotics division, who led the raid said that three others failed to show their passports while two others held visas that had already expired two weeks ago

"There is no proof that they were members of drug syndicate ... We arrested five of them, two for overstaying their permits," he added

The immigration office had not yet said when the deportation would take place

In addition to drug trafficking, the police are also on high alert over foreign visitors

Following the Bali terrorist attack Oct. 1, the police, in coordination with the Jakarta administration officials have conducted a series of raids on luxury apartments, low-cost apartments, hotels, rented houses and boarding houses to check on visitors or people who do not have proper citizenship documents and identity cards

A report provided by the immigration office has shown that at least 1,901 foreigners were deported in 2005 for violating their stay permits

Many of the violators misused their visas as illegal workers or prostitutes, others for holding expired visas

The report also showed that immigration violators from Nigeria were often involved in drug-related businesses

An official at the Jakarta Population and Civil Registration Agency, Edison Sianturi, earlier said that many foreign citizens were not registered with his office as they either came to Indonesia illegally or did not renew their permits

He also said that with a number of foreigners entering the country and Jakarta, terrorists, prostitutes, drug dealers and other criminals could easily hide among ordinary expatriates. Copyright 2006 The Jakarta Post

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