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Celebrity Raffi Ahmad named
drug suspect

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) named Raffi Ahmad a drug suspect on Friday, saying that it had evidence that the popular television personality used methylone and possessed other narcotics.

“Raffi has been consuming methylone for a long time. This has been proven and cannot be denied,” BNN rehabilitation cheif Kusman Suriakusumah said during a press conference at BNN headquarters in Cawang, East Jakarta, as quoted by Antara news agency.

Raffi, along with 16 others, had been detained by BNN agents following a raid of his house in South Jakarta on early Sunday morning.

BNN agents found in the house two rolls of marijuana and 14 methylone capsules, which the agency said were Raffi’s property.

A spokesman for the agency, Sumirat, said that Raffi would be charged under several articles of the 2009 Narcotics Law with charges that carry a maximum penalty of 12 years’ imprisonment.

The BNN has released 10 individuals as of Friday, including celebrity couple Irwansyah and Zaskia Sungkar; and Wanda Hamidah, a former model and current Jakarta Legislative Council member. There was no evidence connecting the three to Raffi’s case, the BNN said.

Seven other people arrested last Sunday, identified as only W, M, RJ, MF, K, J and UW, have been named suspects in the case.

Sumirat said that Raffi was the only suspect currently detained by the agency. The BNN has issued a warrant to hold Raffi for 20 days, starting from Friday, at the BNN’s detention center in Cawang.

“The remaining six will go to a drug rehabilitation center,” he said.

W, a 34-year-old restaurant consultant, and J tested positive for MDMA and methylone; M and MF tested positive for marijuana, MDMA and methylone; and RJ tested positive for methylone.

The BNN said that UW, the lone suspect who was released after not testing positive for narcotics, was aware about the drug use inside the house on Sunday.

“UW is not being detained because the family gave a guarantee,” Sumirat added.

The legal status of methylone, which has been classified as a harmful or illegal substance in several countries, including the US, Sweden and the UK, remains unclear in Indonesia.

Sumirat previously said that methylone had not be included on a list of narcotics proscribed by the Narcotics Law.

During the press conference, Kusman announced that methylone was indeed classified as a category I narcotic, making it possible to charge Raffi and his seven friends under the Narcotics Law. (yps)

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