Burn crystal burn
Handcuffed and wearing black masks, a Hong Kong man accused of being a drug lord and his gang were Tuesday forced to publicly burn a US$136-million (S$170 million) stash of crystal methamphetamine after their arrests in Indonesia.
Wong Chi Ping and several other suspects were paraded in front of the media, before throwing packets of the drugs into the flames of a giant incinerator in a town just outside the capital Jakarta.
“The drugs are garbage, that’s why we are burning them,” national narcotics agency chief Anang Iskandar told reporters. A total of 862kg of drugs were burnt.
The man alleged to be the gang’s kingpin, along with three other Hong Kong residents, a Malaysian and four Indonesians, were arrested earlier this month, following a three-year investigation into a global syndicate.