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Italian Citizen Arrested in Bali for Possessing ‘Japa Japa’ Tobacco

Personnel of the Denpasar Resort Police in Indonesian Province of Bali nabbed an Italian student, identified as Jan Andrea Jentilini (25), for alleged drug abuse., as quoted from Antara News.

Denpasar Police narcotics chief Comr. I Wayan Arta Ariawan (left) shows drugs and suspects, including Italian citizen Jan Andrea Gentilini (left behind Arta), during a press conference at the police’s headquarters on Thursday. The suspects were arrested for alleged drug use . ( Courtesy of the Denpasar Police/File)

“Police arrested the (Italian) student in a house located at Badung District of Kuta Utara area, Bali,” according to I Wayan Arta Ariawan, police commissioner here on Saturday.

Ariawan stated that the police made the arrest after receiving information from people about a foreign national found to be involved in drug abuse in the area where the Italian student was staying.

“The drugs consumed (by Jentilini) is the Japa-japa tobacco type (a type of synthetic psychoactive substance). After examining, we found that this tobacco was classified as narcotics. Hence, we arrested the user for questioning,” the police officer revealed.

According to police, Gentilini admitted he had used japa japa tobacco for the last two years. “He said he had used ajapa japa tobacco in that house three times,” Arta claimed, The Jakarta Post reported.

Police also claimed Gentilini said he bought the tobacco from someone for Rp 100,000 (US$7.50) per pack, which they said he usually rolled into three cigarettes.

Ariawan further noted that the police confiscated the Japa-japa tobacco type weighing 0.45 grams. The effects of japa japa have been described as similar to those of marijuana, only 10 times stronger.

The police said they will charge Gentilini under articles 112 and 127 of the 2009 Narcotics Law, which carry a maximum sentence of 12 years imprisonment upon conviction.

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