Indonesian singer Anji has been arrested for alleged drug possession, with his subsequent drug test showing positive result for marijuana consumption.
West Jakarta Police Chief Ady Wibowo previously announced that they arrested a “popular musician” who bore the initials AN, before confirming to the media that the suspect was indeed Anji. He was apprehended in one of his studios in Cibubur, East Jakarta on Friday evening, with police reportedly finding various types of drugs in large quantities, including marijuana, during the arrest.
The 42-year-old singer took a COVID-19 test and a drug test at the West Jakarta Police HQ today.
“Musician EAP AKA Anji is declared healthy and free of COVID-19 by the medical team and his urine test showed a positive result of containing THC,” Ronaldo Maradona, who heads West Jakarta Police Narcotics Unit, said in a statement today.
Born Erdian Aji Prihartanto, Anji’s claim to fame was through a mid-2000s pop band called Drive. He left the group in 2011 and has since embarked on a solo career and as a YouTuber, a move that’s popular among Indonesian celebrities in the past couple of years. Anji usually interviews fellow musicians and celebrities on his YouTube channel dunia MANJI, which currently has over 3.84 million subscribers.
Anji made headlines last year for inviting into his online talkshow a self-proclaimed professor who claimed to have concocted a herbal drink that could cure COVID-19. That turned out to be a lie.
Prior to his interview with the “professor,” Anji had a slew of controversies in which he perpetuated COVID-19 conspiracy theories, most notably his accusation that a viral photo of a dead COVID-19 patient by National Geographic photographer Joshua Irwandi was staged to promote fear during the pandemic.
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