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Jakarta Post

Bootleg liquor factory hidden under gazebo uncovered

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung, West Java   /   Thu, April 12, 2018   /   11:19 pm
Bootleg liquor factory hidden under gazebo uncovered Dangerous substance: National Police chief Comr. Gen. Syafruddin (second left), accompanied by National Police public relations division chief Brig.Gen. Mohammad Iqbal (left), Jakarta Police deputy chief Brig.Gen. Purwadi (center), National Police spokesperson Sr.Comr. Argo Yuwono (second right) and South Jakarta Police chief Sr.Comr. Indra Jafar, display evidence confiscated from an anti-bootleg liquor raid during a press conference at the South Jakarta Police headquarters on April 11. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

A factory producing oplosan (bootleg liquor), which has caused the deaths of at least 58 people, has been found located inside the house of a suspect, identified only as SS, on Jl. Raya By Pass in Cicalengka, Bandung regency, West Java.

West Java Police chief Insp.Gen. Agung Budi Marwoto said the factory, which was located in the basement of the house, could produce 10 boxes of bootleg liquor every day. Each box contains 24 600 milliliter bottles.

“We have named two suspects. JS, who sold the bootleg liquor, and HM, the wife of SS, who was also involved in the production and distribution of the alcoholic beverages. We have also put seven people, who acted as distributors of the beverages, on our most wanted list [DPO],” said Agung on Thursday.

(Read also: Police vow to stamp out bootleg liquor by Ramadhan)

SS, the owner of the house who has not yet been arrested, hid the entrance access to the production facility under a gazebo beside a swimming pool.

“[...] there are exhaust fans on the wall of the factory although they cannot be seen from outside. These were used to protect the workers from alcohol vapor, which is dangerous,” said Agung.  

Inside the factory, SS, with help from three others who are still on the lose, produced the bootleg liquor. They used mineral water, energy drinks, color additives and pure alcohol that could be easily obtained on the market.

The police have arrested six suspects in the bootleg liquor case in West Java.  (ebf)