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National scene: Wholesalers nabbed over chili monopoly

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 4 2017   /  12:29 am

The National Police have arrested two people for allegedly monopolizing the red chili trade, which they said had contributed to skyrocketing chili prices across Indonesia.

The two suspects, identified only by their initials SJN and SNO, allegedly bought tons of red chilies from suppliers in East Java and sold the commodity to companies across Jakarta at extremely high prices, reaching Rp 181,000 (US$13.53) per kilogram, the police said.

“There are usually 50 tons of chilies sent to Kramat Jati Market in East Jakarta every day, but it turned out that 80 percent of the chilies were sold to companies,” Sr. Comr. Hengki Hariyadi, head of the trade and industry subdirectorate at the National Police’s economic and special crimes directorate, said in Jakarta on Friday.

He explained that during the investigation, the two suspects admitted they had bought chilies and so...