Dutchman Arrested on Arrival over Drugs
A Dutchman was arrested after arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport on Tuesday over possession of illegal drugs, a customs official said.
Customs officers found marijuana and ecstasy pills in the luggage of Willem Van Straten, airport customs chief Made Wijaya told reporters.
Van Straten, 33, flew into Bali on a Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur and was carrying 12 grams of marijuana and 14 grams of ecstasy, said Wijaya.
The suspect was handed over to the drugs unit of Bali Police for interrogation, he said, adding that the narcotics had been picked up by scans at the airport.
“He hid the marijuana in clothing in his luggage,” Wijaya said, adding that ecstasy pills were found in a bathroom washbag.
“The marijuana and ecstasy were not for sale but for his use,” he said.
The suspect had been to Bali twice before and had intended to stay at a hotel in Nusa Dua with colleagues. During initial interrogation he said he had come to Bali to find work to pay for medical costs for his mother, who is ill in the Malaysian capital.
“I know these things (drugs) are forbidden in Indonesia but I didn’t bring that much,” he said.
Van Straten joins a growing number of foreigners arrested in Bali over drug possession. Three Australians are on death row on the island for attempting to smuggle heroin out of Bali.Filed under: Arts & Entertainment