A small factory that illegally produced synthetic marijuana, locally known as gorilla tobacco, was uncovered by a joint operation conducted by the National Police and the Soekarno-Hatta Customs Office.
The team arrested two men, Krisna Andika Putra, 20, and Anak Agung Ekananda, 24, for allegedly running the small factory that produced 30 kilograms of gorilla tobacco within three months.
The Soekarno-Hatta Customs Office had tipped off the police this month about a package mailed from China that contained 500 grams of 5F-ADB, a chemical usually used as raw material in the production of synthetic marijuana. The two offices then began a joint operation to track down the recipient of the package.
The team, which was supported by the Bali Police and the Ngurah Rai Customs Office, found the small drugs factory located in a two-story house on Jl. Tunjung Sari, Denpasar, only around 800 metres from the Denpasar Police building.
“We confiscated around 30 kg gorilla tobacco ready to be distributed across Indonesia via an online shop, as well as production equipment,” Asep said.
The two suspects admitted that the small factory had been running for the last three months. “They were going to distribute their product by an online store […] across Indonesia,” he added.
The police are also pursuing the sender of the package.
Source: The Jakarta Post
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