A 48-year-old man named Sam To from Riau has been arrested for producing large amounts of narcotics at his house in Denpasar.
The Head of the Denpasar Police Department, Kombes Pol Jansen Avitus Panjaitan confirmed that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday afternoon (14/7) during his attempt to sell the narcotics in Denpasar. “We finally arrested the suspect after receiving some information about a transaction that he attempted to make in the Kerta Petasikan Housing Complex on Wednesday afternoon.” Kombes Pol Jansen said during a press conference on Thursday (22/7).
Prior to the arrest, the officers began their investigation after receiving many reports about suspicious activities around the suspect’s house that is located on Jalan Tukad Balian, Denpasar. “On Wednesday afternoon, our officers spotted the suspect on a motorbike around Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai. And when the officers attempted to pull him over, the suspect threw a small bottle of ecstasy on the side road as he attempted to speed away.” Kombes Pol Janses added. Shortly after, the suspect was arrested and the police began to search his home in Denpasar. During their search, the police seized 286 ecstasy pills weighing 92.92 grams along with equipment used to produce the drug.
During the interrogation, the suspect who also just recently finished jail time in December 2020 for similar offenses admitted that he has been operating this illegal business for 4 months, and has been distributing his products in the Denpasar area.
“He admitted that he learned how to produce the pills from the internet, but we are still trying to investigate other potential suspects as it is also illegal to distribute one of these drugs raw materials without a doctor’s prescription.” Kombes Pol Jansen concluded. The suspect would potentially face more than 20 years of imprisonment and USD 700,000 (IDR 10 billion) fines to be held responsible for what he has done.
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