Aus­tralian, Bri­ton ar­rested in Bali for pos­ses­sion of drugs

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

An Aus­tralian and a Bri­ton re­sid­ing on the re­sort is­land of Bali have been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pos­sess­ing hashish, an of­fence that can in­cur jail sen­tences of up to 20 years, In­done­sian po­lice said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

Po­lice found 7.32 grams of sus­pected hashish at the res­i­dence of the 48-yearold Aus­tralian in Sa­nur. He led them to a 55-year-old Bri­ton, who was found in pos­ses­sion of at least 10.09 grams of hashish, as well as a bong.

Both sus­pects has lived in Bali for five years ac­cord­ing to the po­lice. Drug traf­fick­ing in In­done­sia car­ried a max­i­mum death penalty, and the coun­try has faced wide­spread in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism for ex­e­cu­tions of drug traf­fick­ers, in­clud­ing those of a group in­clud­ing two Aus­tralians in 2015 which went ahead de­spite re­peated pleas for mercy from gov­ern­ments and in­ter­na­tional ac­tivists.

“For sure, we are build­ing this case fur­ther to find the big dealer be­hind the ori­gin of this (drugs),” said Gede Ganefo, head of nar­cotics units of Den­pasar po­lice.

The two sus­pects has vi­o­lated a nar­cotic law which car­ries a max­i­mum 20 year of prison, Ganefo said

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