The Jakarta Post
Bungo Police arrested on Tuesday NM, 52, a resident of Pasir Putih subdistrict, Rimbo Tengah district, Tebo regency, Jambi, for allegedly possessing 1.3 kilograms gold from illegal mining activities.
Police chief Adj.Sr.Comr. Januario Morais said on Thursday that the arrest was based on an investigation into the sale of gold from illegal mining activities in the regency.
“The perpetrator was about to hand over gold worth Rp 900 million to a buyer [of illegally-mined gold] in Muara Bungo city,” said Januario.
NM has been charged under Article 161 of Law No.4/2009 on mineral and coal mining, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and Rp 1 billion in fines.
Januario said police were on the hunt for the owner of the gold. (ebf)