Police suspect meth factory located in Indonesian prison

INDONESIA - The East Jakarta Police have launched an investigation into Cipinang Penitentiary following information from an arrested prison guard, identified only as FM, who claimed that the prison was host to a crystal methamphetamine factory.

FM, 28, who was arrested for smuggling drugs into the prison, told police that smuggled crystal meth would be processed in the prison before being distributed, the head of the drug unit at East Jakarta Police, Adj. Sr. Comr. Afrisal said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.

He said the police also expected to arrest other suspects in the case.

"We still have targets, we will uncover the network," he said.

Afrisal said the police were still waiting for the green light from the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to question a convict, identified only as HY, who was allegedly the leader of the prison's drugs syndicate.

FM was arrested after allegedly being caught red handed carrying about 500 grams of crystal meth into the prison.

The deputy head of East Jakarta Police, Adj. Sr. Comr. Abrar Tuntalanai said that for every meth delivery FM received Rp 2 million [US$172]. The money was transferred to FM's wife's bank account.