Taiwanese national sentenced to 15 years in Indonesia for drugs

A Taiwanese national has been sentenced to 15 years in prison by a court in Surabaya, Indonesia, for possessing more than 60,000 ecstasy pills.

The Indonesian news portal Jpnn.com and other media reported that the man, identified as Chen Yung Lin, was arrested by police in East Java Jan. 23, when he claimed a parcel containing 40,000 ecstasy pills hidden in boxes of tea at a Surabaya Post Office.

Police later found other drugs at his residence, including 20,000 ecstasy pills.

Chen was given a jail term of 15 years and a fine of 1 billion Indonesian rupiah (US$76,000). His lawyer said his client will appeal.

A Jakarta court also sentenced four Taiwanese aged between 21 and 40 to death in connection with amphetamine trafficking at the end of August.

In January, the Indonesian Supreme Court sentenced three Taiwanese to death for trying to smuggle amphetamine into Indonesia.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel