The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
Jakarta Police announced Monday they confiscated thousands of pills and capsules after raiding the Grand Boutique office complex in Mangga Dua, North Jakarta.
The head of organized crime in the narcotics division of the city police, Adj. Sr. Comr. Aldrin MP Hutabarat, said the alleged owner of the drugs, Tjong Ferdinand alias Ferdi, was also arrested during Thursday's raid.
"We found 43 different varieties of uncertified drugs and two types of jamu (traditional medicine) that contained hazardous substances," he told reporters at the city police headquarters.
Ferdi could be charged with violating several articles of the 1992 law on uncertified drugs, he added.
Most of the confiscated drugs were imported from other countries, including New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and Germany. The jamu was produced in Indonesia.
The drugs are usually prescribed to treat illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Various types of multivitamins were also found during the raid.
Police are yet to calculate the total value of the drugs.
Aldrin said his team had been investigating the case for more than a month.
"The drug dealer had an organized work system. He opened his stockroom for buyers between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. everyday.
"He bought the medicines in car-to-car transactions and someone was always monitoring the situation so he could run away if there was a raid," he said.
Aldrin declined to speculate on who Ferdi's supplier was, as the suspect is still at large.
Ferdi's customers were predominately drug sellers from the Greater Jakarta area, Aldrin said.
He said that although the imported drugs may not contain hazardous substances, they needed to be certified by the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) before being sold.
In August, the city police in cooperation with the BPOM confiscated various types of medicine, food and cosmetics that contained hazardous substances from eight factories and retail stores in Greater Jakarta.