A Taiwanese drug dealer was among two suspects shot dead during a shootout in Indonesia between an international drug cartel and local police earlier this week, authorities confirmed Friday.
The shootout broke out as National Narcotics Agency officers and police were carrying out a raid at a warehouse in Tangerang, a suburb of Jakarta, on Nov. 15, the agency’s deputy head Arman Depari was quoted as saying by Indonesian media.
As the officers were trying to stop a van, one of the suspects in the car fired a shot toward the officers, and the officers shot back at the suspects, killing two of them, while a third suspect was arrested.
The officers said they found a Republic of China passport near the body of one of the deceased and thus believed he was a Taiwanese citizen. The other suspect killed was from Indonesia.
According to Arman, the officers confiscated 100 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 300,000 ecstasy pills from the warehouse during the raid.
Taiwan’s representative office in Indonesia also confirmed that one of the dead was from Taiwan, citing information provided by the National Narcotics Agency. The office said it will contact the family of the dead man to make follow-up arrangements.
Several Taiwanese have been involved in dealing drugs in Indonesia. Some 30 Taiwanese nationals convicted of drug-related crimes are currently behind bars in Jakarta and Central Java, according to Indonesian authorities.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Indonesia upheld death sentences against three Taiwanese men who were convicted last year of smuggling drugs into the country.
In August, a district court in Jakarta sentenced four other Taiwanese to death for possession of 26 kilograms of amphetamine. The case can be appealed.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel