Police Finds 182 Tons of Illegal Garlic in Marunda

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 , 16:00:00 WIB -

Workers are seen carrying sacks of garlic, Palembang, Sumatera Selatan, Tuesday (16/5). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The National Police has found 182 tons of an illegally stockpiled garlic in Marunda, Jakarta Utara. The importer was PT LBU, who is allegedly stockpiling garlic from Surabaya and Medan.

The National Police Director of Special Economic Crimes, Agung Setya, said the police acted on a report from the Ministry of Agriculture.

"In Marunda, PT LBU was only receiving supply from Surabaya. It was also receiving supply from Medan. We found out the location of the warehouse. There was a truck that had just arrived from Medan," Agung said.

To anticipate illegal stockpiling of foodstuffs, the police is monitoring the flow of goods and cooperating with related parties.

"We are involving resort police, regional police and provincial police, and government institutions, such as the Business Competition Supervisory Board (KPPU) and Bulog (to prevent illegal stockpiling in Ramadan). This is a synergy task force," he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Agriculture, Amran Sulaiman, said the illegal stockpile found in Marunda was imported from China and India. The goods did not arrive with all the necessary documents, he said.

"We call for all businesses, small, medium and large, to keep prices stable in the holy month of Ramadan," Amran said. (dtc/rm)