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Jakarta Post

Authorities foil illegal distribution of alcohol worth Rp 26 billion

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 18, 2017   /   05:30 pm
Authorities foil illegal distribution of alcohol worth Rp 26 billion Thousands of bottles of illegally distributed alcohol are destroyed at the South Jakarta Police headquarters on May 23. (Warta Kota/Feryanto Hadi)

The Directorate General of Customs and Excise and the police have foiled the alleged attempt to illegally distribute 53,927 bottles of alcohol from Singapore at Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta and Sri Bayintan Kijang Port in Tanjung Pinang.

Two shipping containers that arrived at Sri Bayintan Kijang Port were raided on Aug. 26 while three containers at Tanjung Priok Port were raided on Aug. 27.

The search was conducted after the Tanjung Pinang Customs and Excise Directorate found a suspicious document in one of the containers, Customs and Excise director general Heru Pambudi said.

While raiding the containers, they found packages containing bottles of alcohol hidden among piles of plastic bags. The alcohol was reportedly to be distributed in Jakarta.

“During the raid, we found 53,927 bottles of illegal booze worth Rp 26.3 billion [Rp 1.9 million],” Heru said on Monday at the Jakarta Police headquarters.

Heru said the agency and the police were still tracking down the parties that attempted to distribute the alcohol.

They might be charged under the Customs and Excise Law, he said.

Currently, the police are investigating three people allegedly linked to the distribution attempt.

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