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Anies to close karaoke hall over alleged drug distribution

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 12, 2018   /   02:42 pm
Anies to close karaoke hall over alleged drug distribution National Narcotics Agency (BNN) agents confiscate crystal methamphetamine, ecstasy, marijuana and ketamine during a raid on Sense Karaoke in Mangga Dua, North Jakarta, on April 11. (Warta Kota/Junianto Hamonangan )

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has vowed to shut down Sense Karaoke in Mangga Dua Square Mall, North Jakarta, following a drug raid on Wednesday evening in which the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrested 36 people on suspicion of distributing and consuming drugs on the premises.

BNN agents seized crystal methamphetamine, ecstasy, marijuana and ketamine from the karaoke hall.

Anies said the city administration would immediately revoke the business permit of the karaoke parlor.

“Get ready, the karaoke hall will receive a letter on the revocation of its business permit soon. It means its operations will be over,” Anies said on Thursday according to kompas.com.

He added that the BNN and the Jakarta Tourism and Culture Agency had gathered evidence as from Wednesday morning.

Should the evidence be deemed sufficient, Anies said the revocation order could be processed as soon as Thursday.  

Anies previously closed down several entertainment places suspected of facilitating drug distribution and prostitution.

In October last year, Anies ordered the shutdown of Alexis Hotel and massage parlor in North Jakarta for allegedly facilitating prostitution and human trafficking.

The business, which changed its name to Xis Karaoke 4 Play, officially ceased operations late March.

In November 2017, the city administration closed Diamond Discotheque in West Jakarta following allegations of drug distribution occurring at the venue. 

The city administration also closed MG International Club in Grogol Petamburan, West Jakarta, in December last year following a drug raid on the premises. (cal)