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Police Uncover Major Drug Manufacturing Operation In Batam


Indonesian police uncovered an Ecstasy manufacturing operation scattered in four different locations in Batam city, arrested two Taiwanese suspects and confiscated Rp454 billion (US$440 million) worth of the finished product recently.

National police chief Gen Sutanto told newsmen at Batam’s Hang Nadim Airport last night that the successful police operation on Saturday night was the result of close cooperation between Indonesian police and the drug enforcement agencies of Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and the United States.

The operation began with a raid on a location in Pluit, Muara Karang in Jakarta, where an Indonesian man was arrested for possession of 49kg of methamphetamine originating from Batam.

In Batam, police found manufacturing tools and 568 litres of liquid methamphetamine worth Rp454 billion, where they also arrested two Taiwanese, Wang Chin I and Tsai Tsai Cheng, and four Indonesians, Jaelani Usman, Darwin Silaban, Syaed Abubakar and Apeng.

These facts again proved that the drug trade always involved international syndicates, Sutanto said, as quoted by Antara news agency.

The drug made in Batam was not only marketed in Indonesia but also in mainland China and Taiwan, said Sutanto who was accompanied by the chief executive officer of the National Narcotics Agency Made Mangku Pastika, Riau Islands police chief Brig Gen Sutarman and Riau Islands Governor Ismeth Abdullah.

The police raided four locations in Batam city and at each, found evidence of a large-scale drug making operation.

He said it was found that location I was used to make liquid methamphetamine which would be transported to location II where the precursor drug was stored, while at location III in the middle of a shopping complex, the liquid methamphetamine was processed into crystal form.

It was at location III that police confiscated 150 gallons of methamphetamine or the equivalent of 568kg of “ice crystal” worth Rp454 billion, 34.5kg barium sulphate, 32kg salt, 21.5kg sodium hydroxide and 35 gallons of hydrochloric acid, and also two luxury cars.

Location IV in the middle of an industrial estate was where the drug was dried by a machine, the process taking six days, while the raw materials to make the drug partly came from Taiwan and transported to Indonesia by fishing vessels.

According to Singapore’s Drug Enforcement Administration chief, Russl Holske, the police operation in Batam was one of the biggest drug syndicate busts in the world.

Sumber : Bernama, Batam


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