The Jakarta Department of Tourism and Culture will compel entertainment establishments in the capital to obtain new operating permits to prevent the use of their premises for inappropriate purposes after the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) uncovered a laboratory producing crystal methamphetamine in West Jakarta on Dec. 17. (Antara Photo/Aprillio Akbar)

BNN Uncovers Drug Lab at Disco in Jakarta, Owner Remains at Large


DECEMBER 18, 2017

Jakarta. The National Narcotics Agency, or BNN, uncovered a laboratory producing crystal methamphetamine and ecstasy at discotheque MG Club International in West Jakarta on Sunday (17/12).

Five people, all of them Indonesians, have been arrested. The authorities are still searching for the owner of the club.

BNN discovered the laboratory on the second and fourth floor of the club on Jalan Tubagus Angke, after raiding it on Sunday morning, BNN drug eradication chief Arman Depari said on Monday, as quoted by

"The five are suspected ecstasy and sabu [methamphetamine] dealers," Arman said.

They are: Wastam (43), Ferdiansyah (23), Dedi Wahyudi (40), Mislah (45) and Fadly (45).

During the raid, investigators found chemicals to produce the narcotics. BNN did not mention the amount of drugs found at the scene.

According to Arman, 120 of the club's visitors – 80 men and 40 women – need to undergo rehabilitation.

Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno promised to punish the club. The city administration can revoke its permits.

"Not only will it be shut down, with its permits revoked, there will be a criminal proceeding," Sandiaga said on Monday at the City Hall.

Also on Monday, National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said there can be an increased demand for drugs in the year-end season, therefore the police will conduct special operation "Nila" to cut the supply of narcotics.

Additional reporting by Aichi Halik and Farouk Arnaz.