Tue, 11 Mar 2003

5,000 bottles of liquor seized

TANGERANG: The Tangerang municipal police confiscated on Monday morning more than 5,000 bottles of liquor sold illegally by an owner of a traditional herbs (jamu) store on Jl. Pabuaran Bidang, Pabuaran subdistrict of Tangerang municipality.

The police chief Insp. Sumanto said the liquor contained alcohol ranging from 7 percent up to 40 percent.

Most of the customers were said to be students.

The police failed to arrest the store owner, Urip, as he was not at the shop when the raid was conducted, while Urip's son and his son in law, who were taken to the police station for questioning, claimed that they knew nothing about a liquor license. The two said they were just asked to attend to the shop and serve customers.

Sumanto said the police would soon send warnings to producers that supply liquor to unauthorized vendors.

"Any kind of drinks that contain more than 7 percent alcohol may not be sold without a license. There must be permits from the city police and directorate of drug and food supervision (POM) at the ministry of health," he said.--JP