The Jakarta Post
The Bekasi Police in West Java have arrested eight people suspected of selling hard drugs without a permit.
The alleged dealers were arrested at different drugstores in the Pondok Gede area in South Bekasi and Mustikajaya in East Bekasi, during which the police also seized a total of 16,900 hard drugs.
The police seized from the eight suspects 8,220 Eximer pills, 8,083 Tramadol pills, 649 Trihexyphenidyl pills, as well as a total of Rp12.9 million (US$903) in cash allegedly earned from the sales of the drugs. Eximer and Trihexyphenidyl are commonly used as antipsychotic medication, while Tramadol is an opioid painkiller.
“The suspects were apprehended by the police’s drug task force [on Monday] at six different locations,” Bekasi Police deputy chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Eka Mulyana said as quoted by kompas.com.
The eight people, who were are men aged between 21 and 30, were originally from North Aceh and they had been selling hard drugs over the past few months in Bekasi, Eka said.
According to the police, the suspects worked as shopkeepers at stores selling drugs and cosmetics.
“Selling these drugs is illegal because these kinds of drugs must be prescribed by doctors,” Eka said.
The police raided the six drugstores after receiving information from the public about the possibility of highly addictive drugs being circulated in Bekasi.
Eka said the police were currently searching for the owners of the six drugstores, who were now on their most-wanted list.
The eight suspects were charged under articles 98, 196 and 197 of Law No. 36/2009 on health. Should they be found guilty, they could receive 10 to 15 years in prison and a fine of Rp 1 billion. (syk)