Jakarta – The police busted illegal fuel storehouses in Pati, Central Java, which had allegedly hoarded subsidized diesel fuel intended for illegal commercial use.
Working with state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina, they ambushed the storehouses on Monday, marking the third case of its kind this year after a similar crackdown on illegal fuel operations in Bogor, West Java, in September and Asahan, North Sumatra, in June.
"Pertamina with the Criminal Investigation Agency [Bareskrim] team of the National Police have previously conducted mapping and investigation before proceeding with the crackdown," said Pertamina vice president of corporate communication Fadjar Djoko Santoso.
Police discovered evidence including three transport trucks with eight-kiloliter capacities, two pump machine units, two pick-up vehicles and one modified minibus with a one-kiloliter fuel tank capacity.
Fadjar said Pertamina has handed in the findings from the crackdown case including all pieces of evidence for further processing by the Pati Police.
"We appreciate for the police force who continuously work with us [Pertamina] to keep subsidized fuel from being misused and to ensure its usage by the people who need it," said Fadjar.
In Bogor, police discovered an illegal shipment of a tank containing approximately 8,000 liters of diesel fuel in Cigudeg, while in Asahan, residents of Kepayang village, along with the police, raided a house suspected of being used as a storehouse for illegal fuel mixing.