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Synthetic marijuana factory in Bali uncovered

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Thu, March 22, 2018   /   05:56 pm
Synthetic marijuana factory in Bali uncovered Police detectives show synthetic marijuana, locally known as gorilla tobacco, at the production house in Denpasar, Bali, on Thursday. The National Police and the Soekarno Hatta Customs Office uncovered a local production which produced 30 kilograms within three months. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

A joint operation conducted by the National Police and the Soekarno-Hatta Customs Office has uncovered a home industry that illegally produced synthetic marijuana, locally known as gorilla tobacco. The team arrested two men, Krisna Andika Putra, 20, and Anak Agung Ekananda, 24, for allegedly running the small factory that produced 30 kilograms of gorilla tobacco within three months. 

National Police narcotics unit head Sr. Comr. Asep Jenal Akhmadi said on Thursday that the Soekarno Hatta Customs Office had tipped off the police in March about a package mailed from China that contained 500 grams of 5F-ADB. The chemical is usually used as raw material in the production of synthetic marijuana. After receiving the information, the two offices began a joint operation to track down the intended recipient of the package. 

The team, which was supported by the Bali Police and the Ngurah Rai Customs Office, found a small drugs factory located in a two-story house on Jl. Tunjung Sari, Denpasar, only around 800 meters from the Denpasar Police building. 

"We confiscated around 30 kg gorilla tobacco ready to be distributed across Indonesia via an online shop, as well as production equipment," Asep said. 

The two suspects admitted that the small factory had been running for the last three months. "They were going to distribute their product by an online store [] across Indonesia," he added. 

The police are also pursuing the sender of the package.