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Reoffender Arrested For Producing Narcotics In Denpasar

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A 48-year-old man named Sam To from Riau has been arrested for producing large amounts of narcotics at his house in Denpasar.

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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).

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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. 

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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.

A 35-year-old German national with initials ABL has been arrested by police for possessing large amounts of illegal substances in his villa.
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Urs Klee

Sunday 25th of July 2021

Hi Bali Sun Team, I read your posts practically every morning to keep informed about the latest news on the island. Thanks for putting in such effort. However, I start getting irritated about having to read about every murder, every suicide, every fatal accidents and every ignorant expat in Bali. It seems that Bali Sun places way too much weight on the easy to get news from the police and immigration. Surely even during these difficult times there are some other worthy news, for example that shows the incredible resilience of the Balinese communities and perhaps what is being done by many organisations and businesses to get ready for welcoming back domestic as well as international tourists. I would love to see Bali "Sun" to be a brighter and more educational publication rather than a sensationalist tabloid that it seems to have become. I fully understand that journalism is also about the abovementioned articles but I sincerely hope that it could be a bit more balanced and actually further contribute to Bali's wonderful image which it enjoys domestically and internationally. Thanks for listening to my five cents worth of comments. Kind regards. Urs


Monday 26th of July 2021

@Urs Klee, I couldn’t agree more.

However there are other news outlets originating from richer nations (and one that is in particular in Southeast Asia) that seem readily to print any sorts of transparent negative articles (verified or unverified) with exposing the misery of others especially during this ever changing pandemic landscape.

It is the style of journalism approach that may address a sense of fear mongering, over the top sensational, biased or portray an image of a country, persons in dire situation. In general it could have a long lasting reputation of a place, religion, race, society or culture depending on how the article was actually written.

Nonetheless, negative news do sell more, a reality we face on a daily basis. The audience has to make a choice to research furthermore or take the news with a grain of salt.