Police Probe 'A State of Trance' Festival Drug Deaths

By : Jakarta Globe | on 12:12 PM March 17, 2014
Category : News, Jakarta, Featured

1947938_766055843407401_1823172860_n Thousands of people made the journey up to Ancol, North Jakarta, for Ismaya Group's A State of Trance Festival. (Photo courtesy of Ismaya Live)

Jakarta. The deaths of two Indonesian teenagers and a visitor from Singapore who collapsed at a North Jakarta music festival in the early hours of Sunday morning were drug related, police said on Monday.

"Their remains have been submitted to RSCM [Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Central Jakarta] for autopsies," Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said in Jakarta on Sunday.

The three festival-goers were identified as Isti Rahmawati, 19, a resident of Depok, West Java; Ricky Maahir Muhammad, 18, also from West Jakarta; and Singaporean national Chua Wen Hu, 26.

Police said they collapsed at the concert and died not long after being rushed to Mitra Kemayoran Hospital in Central Jakarta.

Rikwanto said witness testimony indicated the victims had taken drugs before attending "A State of Trance," at Ancol Beach, which featured a lineup of international DJs, including Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk, from Saturday through Sunday.

"Inside the venue, the victims consumed vodka or other liquor," Rikwanto said.

He did not say what drugs the three had taken, although ecstasy is common at such festivals. An overdose of ecstasy can lead to serotonin syndrome, a potentially fatal condition, but the more frequent causes of death stem from users of the drug either drinking too much water or overheating.

Rikwanto said police had arrested one person for drug possession, but it was not clear whether this person was connected to the three deaths.

"We're still investigating the case," Rikwanto said.

Calls to Ismaya Live were not immediately returned.

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