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West Jakarta school lab used to store illegal drugs

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 15, 2019   /   05:50 pm
West Jakarta school lab used to store illegal drugs Kembangan Police in West Jakarta show the drugs they found hidden at a school laboratory in West Jakarta on Jan. 15. (kompas.com/Rima Wahyuningrum)

Police claim that alleged drug dealers have been using a laboratory in a school in West Jakarta to hide their illegal wares.

Kembangan Police chief Comr. Joko Handono said officers arrested three people, two of whom, identified as DL and CP, are accused of hiding drugs in the laboratory of the school.

The police chief did not reveal the name of the school.

“Some packs of crystal methamphetamine were hidden in a room inside a laboratory. The room was storage space, but is now used as a bedroom,” Joko said on Tuesday, kompas.com reports.

DL, 29, and CP, 30, were siblings who lived on the school grounds along with their parents, who were contract workers for the school. DL and CP themselves were alumni of the school and they also worked there.

“They work there, so no wonder the school management was not suspicious about their activities,” Joko added.

Police said the siblings were allegedly couriers of a drug network operating out of a prison and they were allegedly responsible for transporting drugs from another person identified as LK.

The police said they were attempting to determine whether the accused also distributed drugs to students at the school.

The pair were arrested in Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta, on Thursday, after the police detained a fourth man, AN. They are charged under Article 114 of Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics and Article 62 of Law No. 5/1997 on psychotropic substances – which carry a maximum punishment of life in prison and Rp 10 billion (US$709,000) in fines upon conviction. (vla)