Sat, 09 Oct 1999

Two arrested for drug possession

BANDUNG: The police arrested two people on Friday on charges of allegedly cultivating a marijuana plantation and possessing Ecstasy pills.

Police seized from the suspects, who were identified as Dadang Hasib, 36, and Adang, 52, 100 marijuana plants and 200 Ecstasy pills.

City police chief Lt. Col. Edmond Ilyas said the arrest was made following reports from locals who suspected there was a plantation. He said the police found the plants growing among tomato plants in Cicalengka subdistrict.

"When we arrived there, we found marijuana plants which were 50 centimeters tall," Ilyas said.

The two acknowledged planting the illegal substance for the last six months after they quit their jobs as gasoline sellers.

They reportedly bought the seeds from Aceh for the price of Rp 100,000 (US$13) per kilogram. (04/43)