Indonesia arrests 3 foreigners for drug distribution in Bali
Authorities in Indonesia arrested three foreigners at the end of July for distributing cocaine on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali.
National Narcotics Agency officers seized 844.6 grams (1.9 pounds) of cocaine along with other drugs, including MDMA and cannabis, from the three suspects, who were identified as British, Brazilian and Mexican.
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At a news conference on Friday, Bali National Narcotics Agency chief Gde Sugianyar Dwi Putra said officers arrested the Briton, who they suspect is the lowest distributor of the three, at a villa in Badung district on July 21, after they received some information about his alleged activities.
The officers then arrested the suspected drug-manufacturing Brazilian at a separate location. The Mexican, who has been in Bali since 2012 and is said to be at the top level of their network, was later arrested.
“We are still conducting the investigation. The entry of the cocaine will most likely come from Europe as this cocaine entry route is specific," Suganyar said. “It is produced in South America, sent to Europe and distributed from Europe to other countries, including Indonesia. ”
The drug network the three men are allegedly involved in is known to target foreigners in some popular tourist areas in southern Bali.
“Bali is the destination for foreign tourists. But we should remember that some of them are also part of the crime - one of them is narcotics," Sugiyar said.
He added that under Indonesia's Narcotics Law, the suspects face a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of the death penalty because they are both traffickers and distributors of different types of drugs.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Indonesia is a major smuggling hub partly because international drug syndicates target its young population. Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency estimates that there are 5.6 million drug users in the country of 270 million people.
In May, Indonesian naval officers deployed to secure travel during the Eid al-Fitr holiday made Indonesia's largest cocaine seizure after finding plastic packages containing 179 kilograms (nearly 400 pounds) of the drug near the port of Merak drifted out to sea on the main island of Java. Nobody was arrested.
Most of the more than 150 people on Indonesia's death row were convicted of drug-related offences. About a third of them are foreigners. The last executions took place in 2016, when an Indonesian and three foreigners were shot dead by a firing squad.
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