A large syndicate has been taken down in Bali after police raided a house in Badung uncovering a large scale drug operation.
The Jakarta Metro Police released the names of eight suspects for alleged drug manufacturing in Bali, who authorities believe are part of an illicit drug syndicate controlled by a convict detained in one of Bali’s prisons.
Nana Sudjana, Jakarta Metro Police chief, told reporters on Monday that the drugs are made in the form of liquid vape and produced in a home located in South Kuta, Badung regency.
The illicit drug operation is controlled by a convict identified by the initial K, who is currently serving time in one of Bali’s prisons, Nana said.
Authorities came to discover the alleged drug manufacturing after one of the eight suspects, identified as FA was arrested in Jakarta.
“FA was arrested on June 12 around Cawang, East Jakarta with five bottles of liquid drugs as evidence. We looked more into it and found that it was acquired from Bali,” Nana said.
Police say that the illegal business started operating in January, and the items have been sold online both in Bali and Jakarta for billions of rupiah in profit every month.
The manufacturing process uses synthetic tobacco imported from China, according to authorities. Police say they found 24 kilograms of this item at the Bali home, along with seven liters of liquid vape and 500 grams of cannabinoid powder.
Under Indonesia’s 2009 Narcotics Law, the suspects individually face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.