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Jakarta administration closes two more entertainment venues over drug cases

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 17, 2018   /   03:41 pm
Jakarta administration closes two more entertainment venues over drug cases 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 )

The Jakarta administration will close on Wednesday two entertainment venues found to have facilitated drug use.

The business permits of Sense Karaoke parlor in North Jakarta and Exotic nightclub in Central Jakarta were revoked by the Jakarta One-Stop Integrated Services Agency last Thursday, according to Jakarta Tourism Agency official Toni Bako.

Both venues have until Wednesday to stop all of their operations.

“We will forcefully close them down should they ignore our instructions,” Toni said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) arrested 36 Sense customers on April 11 for allegedly consuming drugs at the venue. Meanwhile, an Exotic visitor named Sudirman, 47, was found dead from a drug overdose at the club on April 2.

The administration ordered the closure of Alexis Hotel in North Jakarta in March, claiming the venue offered prostitution and facilitated drug use.

Gubernatorial Decree No. 18/2018 on the operation of tourism enterprises states that entertainment centers found to be participating in drug trafficking, drug use, prostitution and gambling will have their business permits revoked. (vny)