Jakarta, A Taiwanese man was among three suspects arrested in Indonesia on Thursday for allegedly trying to sell up to 50 kilograms of amphetamine, according to Indonesia's National Anti-Narcotics Agency.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, officials from the agency revealed they busted a drug sale at a warehouse in Ancol, northern Jakarta, and arrested two Indonesians and one Taiwanese as they tried to sell the drugs.
A 36-year old Taiwanese man, identified only by his surname Huang (?), was shot in the leg as he attempted to flee, an official told CNA.
The officer first fired his weapon into the air as a warning, but when Huang failed to stop shot him in the leg. Huang's injury is not life threatening, officials said.
According to the anti-narcotics agency, a unit had been monitoring the three individuals for some time and decided to arrest them in the middle of a drug transaction.
This marks the latest in a number of cases involving Taiwanese nationals smuggling and selling drugs in Indonesia over the past two years.
In that time, according to Indonesia's official records, 11 Taiwanese have received the death penalty for selling drugs in the country and five have been shot dead attempting to evade arrest for suspected drug dealing.
Meanwhile, in January prosecutors in Indonesia requested the death penalty for eight Taiwanese suspected of smuggling 1 ton of amphetamine into the country.
On that basis, Huang could also face the death penalty if the precedent for amphetamine dealing and smuggling cases in Indonesia holds.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel