Head of the Jakarta Police Drug Unit Adjunct Senior Commissioner Ahmad Fanani Eko stated that the raid was conducted by the Jakarta Police in coordination with the East Java Police, following the arrest of other suspects in Jakarta recently.
"The suspects arrested in Jakarta ordered the drug from Surabaya for distribution in Surabaya. The production site was in East Java," he noted.
He explained that buyers would generally place the order through social media to the producer in Surabaya.
"The synthetic marijuana would thereafter be sent to customers using delivery service," he stated.
Eko had yet to confirm the ingredient of the synthetic drug but said that it could produce an effect similar to those of another synthetic cannabis, the Gorilla brand “super tobacco”.
According to the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), the drug, named AB-CHMINACA, after being smoked, is absorbed by the lungs followed by other parts of the body, including the brain. Users of the tobacco will sense being crushed in a gorilla’s embrace.
The synthetic cannabinoid-type of drug can also induce effects, such as psychotic episodes, agitation, aggression, anxiety, ideas of suicide, as well as withdrawal and addiction syndrome. Related news: Jakarta Police seized 1.3 ton marijuana in Dec 2019-Jan 2020
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