The Jakarta Post
West Jakarta Police raided a workshop on Saturday in Taman Sari, West Jakarta, that was allegedly used to produce fake ecstasy pills.
In the raid police arrested two suspects identified only as SA, 40, and HB, 36, West Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Hengki Haryadi said.
“The suspects were employed in the workshop,” he said as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.
Police also seized hundreds of pills and the equipment allegedly used to produce them.
West Jakarta Police drugs unit chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Erick Frendiz said police acted on a tip off from local people who had become suspicious about activities in the premises.
Prior to the raid, police personnel went undercover pretending to purchase drugs.
“Both [police and trader] agreed to meet at Tanah Sereal, Tambora, West Jakarta,” Erick said.
Some 225 fake ecstasy pills were found in the trousers of one of the suspects.
Based on the suspects’ statements, the pills were made of paracetamol, dieting pill tablet napsil and bleach.
HB allegedly played a role in preparing the ingredients, while SA prepared the packaging, police said.
The police said the pills did not contain narcotic substances. However, the ingredients would cause negative health effects, such as kidney damage, liver and heart failure, according to the Indonesia Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM).
The suspects could be charged under the 2009 Health Law with a maximum 15 years of imprisonment. (sau)