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Jakarta Post

North Jakarta drug raid met with gunfire

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 21, 2019   /   05:53 pm
North Jakarta drug raid met with gunfire Confiscated packets of marijuana are laid out at the West Jakarta Police headquarters on Jan. 4. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

A drug raid in Kampung Bahari, Tanjung Priok, has been met with gunfire from a crowd, an official at the North Jakarta National Narcotics Agency has said.

No personnel were reportedly harmed in the incident. 

“It seemed like a rifle. We heard blasts like that, so we fired a warning shot for the crowd to disperse,” the agency’s head Sr. Adj. Comr. Yuanita Amelia Sari said on Wednesday, reported.

Yuanita said the shot was triggered by the raid.

“[The raid also] provoked the public,” she said.

The agency’s personnel called the North Jakarta Police for help, which then deployed 110 police officers to the scene.

From the raid, the agency and police officers confiscated sharp weapons, tools to consume drugs, and drugs, which comprised marijuana and almost 1 kilogram of methamphetamine.

Police also detained 12 people. Two have tested positive for narcotics use based on a urine test. However, police did not name them suspects as they were reportedly not part of the traders' network.

North Jakarta Police Sr. Comr. Budhi Herdi Susianto said police have not yet been able to identify the person who was in possession of the drugs. (sau)