Australian, Canadian Arrested over Drugs

DENPASAR ~ A Canadian man and an Australian woman have been arrested in separate raids for the possession of narcotics in Bali, police said.

A former marine from Canada was arrested at the weekend after police found marijuana on the man in a weekend drugs raid and faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment, provincial deputy police spokeswoman Sri Harmiti told reporters.

Police swooped on bars in the popular Legian entertainment strip on Saturday night and found 0.2 grams of marijuana in the Canadian’s pockets, she said.

Another 3.2 grams of the drug were found when police escorted the man, identified as “Morgan JM,” back to his hotel room, she said.

Meanwhile, Michelle Dawn Condon, 35, was carrying a small amount of crystal methamphetamine when she was arrested in Denpasar last Thursday, said Harmiti.

Condon had bought the drugs, weighing 0.2 grams, for Rp200,000 (US$21.90) from an unidentified dealer, Harmiti said.

Under Indonesian law, Condon faces a maximum of five years imprisonment and a fine of Rp100 million if found guilty in court.

She is the latest Australian arrested in Indonesia for drugs. Six others have been sentenced to death for drug trafficking, with two opportunities to appeal.

They are members of the so-called “Bali Nine,” who were convicted of smuggling heroin in Bali. The other three were given life sentences.

The Bali Nine are among a number of Australians who have faced drugs charges here in recent years, including Schapelle Corby, who was convicted of trafficking marijuana. She was jailed for 20 years.

The authorities have been handing down stiff penalties for drug traffickers and users, with 35 other convicts on death row for narcotics offences.

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