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Thousands of bottles of ‘ciu’ bootleg liquor found in North Jakarta

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 3, 2018   /   07:45 pm
Thousands of bottles of ‘ciu’ bootleg liquor found in North Jakarta The Bekasi Police display bootleg liquor and a suspected distributor of unlicensed alcohol during a press conference on April 16. (Antara/Risky Andrianto)

The police have raided a house on Jl. Pekojan 1 in West Jakarta and confiscated five tons of ciu (fermented sugarcane liquor).

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said the police raided the premises on April 26 after suspicion arose about activities in the three-story house. The house owner and four employees were detained.

“The home industry produced alcoholic beverages without a license from the BPOM [Food and Drug Monitoring Agency]. We caught the owner and the employees in the act,” Argo said on Thursday as reported by kompas.com.

Argo said the owner admitted to running the illicit distillery for two years. Each floor of the house was reportedly used for the production and storage of the liquor. The liquor was put in bottles of a well-known beverage brand to avoid suspicion, Argo said

He said the home industry made Rp 118 million (US$8,442.9) in revenue and distributed the liquor it produced to several resellers in Jakarta.

The police confiscated 22,000 liters of ciu fermentation mix, 133 boxes with 3,325 bottles of ciu, several production tools and empty bottles.

“The suspects admitted to producing the liquor for two years. They used the boxes of a well-known beverage brand to avoid suspicion. The suspects have been charged under laws on food and beverages,” Argo said. (ami)