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East Kalimantan drug smuggling arrests highlight porous state of borders

BALIKPAPAN, Mar 18, 2014: Discoveries of two instances of drug smuggling from Malaysia through the North Kalimantan border, revealed by the East Kalimantan branch of the government’s anti-narcotics agency, show that Indonesia’s borders are still prone to being breached, with officials saying that activities in the area were difficult to monitor because of the proliferation of small fishing ports. “Go around ...

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Rampant smuggling, so Labuan fags costlier

LABUAN, Mar 14, 2014: The price of premium brand cigarettes such as Dunhill and Salem has increased by 70 sen per 20 stick pack from RM6.40 to RM7, meaning each cigarette in duty-free Labuan would cost 35 sen. According to the distributor of the two brands of cigarettes, the increase was because of mounting operational costs on legal sales due to a high level of illicit trade in the market. Such rampant smu ...

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Some 2,000 Smuggled Turtle Eggs Seized in Balikpapan

Balikpapan, East Kalimantan: About 2,000 eggs from turtles on the verge of extinction in Southeast Sulawesi have been seized by port security in East Kalimantan after they were sent via passenger boat and addressed to a person in Samarinda. Police in Balikpapan seized the eggs, trading in which is illegal, and have detained one person who picked up the delivery. They are questioning the person in a bid to l ...

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