Foreigners Detained in North Jakarta Immigration Raid
Jakarta. Three foreigners were arrested for violating immigration rules during a raid in North Jakarta on Thursday.
The foreign nationals — from Slovenia, Iraq and Nigeria — were detained for failing to produce their passports during a sweep of the Gading River View Apartments in the Mall of Indonesia complex in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, an official from the North Jakarta Immigration Office said on Friday.
They are currently being questioned at the North Jakarta Immigration Office.
Authorities said the operation was carried out to reduce drug distribution, the threat of terrorism and to check immigration documents.
It involved representatives from the Law and Human Rights Ministry, police, North Jakarta Civil Registry Agency, North Jakarta National and Political Unity Office, and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN).
A similar operation was carried out on Jalan Jaksa — a street popular with backpackers and tourists — earlier this week. Five foreigners were detained after they failed to produce proper documents for officers from the Central Jakarta Immigration Office.
Police officers also arrested two men for drug possession during the raid on Gading River View Apartments. The two suspects, who have been identified as Gunawan and Sri Nufitri, were found with two small packages of crystal methamphetamine, and have been detained by the North Jakarta Resort Police.
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Source: The Jakarta Globe