Police bust drug dealers selling meth concealed in candy wrappers


Just a month after stories about marijuana-laced brownies shocked Jakarta, police say they have uncovered a new nefarious plot to make drugs seem delicious – dealers disguising their shabu (methamphetimines) in candy wrappers. 

Police first caught one of the dealers, who they are identifying by the initials OR, last Saturday afternoon. OR’s arrest led police to two more dealers, identified as A and EAA.”

“A and EAA acted as secondaries in the drug distribution scheme involving candy packaging. Both were caught simultaneously, without resistance, on the same day,” Sawah Besar Police Chief Ronald A Purba said on Tuesday, as quoted by MetroTV

Both suspects in the same room at the Green Bay Apartments located in Pluit, North Jakarta. In the apartment, police say they found 25 packets of shabu in candy wrappers weighing 25 grams in total. They also found 95 pills of the illicit narcotic H-5 (aka Happy 5).

Police say their plan was to sell the drugs to residents of the Green Bay Apartments, at a price of Rp 800,000 per package of 0.5 grams of methamphetamine, and for Rp 200,000 per pill of H-5.

“The circulation of drugs in candy packaging is clearly very worrying, because at first glance the it looks like regular candy packaging,” Ronald explained.

All three suspects are currently under investigation and could receive up to 20 years in jail. 

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