JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced two men on Friday to death on charges of smuggling the largest amount of methamphetamine ever confiscated in the country.
The National Narcotics Agency in January found more than 862 kilograms (1,900 pounds) of the illegal drug worth about 1.6 trillion rupiah ($116.8 million) in a car in western Jakarta and arrested nine people.
Two of them, Wong Chi Ping, a Hong Kong resident and the alleged syndicate leader, and Indonesian ship captain Ahmad Salim Wijaya, were tried separately and convicted and sentenced Friday at West Jakarta District Court.
Judges in the trials concluded that there were no reasons for lenience and both defendants deserved death sentences.
Wong was reportedly wanted in seven countries — China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, United States, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Their verdicts brought the number of people who have reportedly received death sentences this year in Indonesia for drug trafficking to at least 10.
Three other Hong Kong residents, three Indonesians and one Malaysian were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 15 years to life.
Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws, with more than 140 people on death row.
Fourteen people, mostly foreigners, have been executed this year by firing squad for drug trafficking.