Australian Arrested over Cocaine Possession
A New Zealand-born Australian man has been arrested in Bali allegedly in possession of 3.58 grams of cocaine and faces 12 years in prison, police said.
Angus McCaskill, 57, was picked up by police at the Pepito supermarket complex in Tuban, near the airport, on Wednesday and was found to have five packets of cocaine in his possession, police said.
“After he was examined, he was proven to be in possession of five packets of cocaine, in his wallet and trousers pockets,” said an officer with Kuta Police who declined to be named.
McCaskill is being held at Kuta Police Headquarters for interrogation, Kuta Police chief Wimboko confirmed.
He told a news conference on Sunday that the suspect was on a three-month holiday in Bali and worked for an investment firm in Australia. A urine test showed positive for cocaine, he said.
McCaskill, who was brought to the conference, said he was “very, very sorry” and that he had been “very, very drunk. I watched the World Cup and drank a lot of alcohol.”
New Zealand media reported that McCaskill had changed his name from Willie Rare and had worked as an investment adviser in Australia.
An officer at Kuta Police Headquarters told The Bali Times on Sunday that the suspect was born in New Zealand but had become an Australian citizen. He said six packets were found on McCaskill but the contents of one had been emptied.
Police said they had been carrying out surveillance on McCaskill’s villa in Seminyak following information from local residents.
If found guilty, McCaskill could be jailed for a maximum 12 years and fined Rp8 billion (US$884,000).
Also this week, three foreign students studying in Bali were arrested allegedly in possession of drugs.
The three were identified as American Patrick Leland, 19; Leon Vrielink, 21, from the Netherlands; and German national Mischa Karsen, 19.
Badung Police chief Dwi Suseno said they were found with 820 grams of marijuana and 4.6 grams of hashish and could face up to four years in prison.
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