Six Arrested over $1.5m Drugs Seizure


Customs officials arrested six people after they foiled another two attempts to smuggle crystal-methamphetamine worth Rp13.6 billion (US$1.5 million) into Bali in the past week.

The first arrest came on October 19. Brett Savage, a 44-year-old South African citizen, was caught at Ngurah Rai International Airport after arriving on a Singapore Airlines flight from Johannesburg via Singapore.

After noticing an unusual item during a routine x-ray of his baggage, officers opened his suitcase and found the drugs hidden inside. A total of 2.993 kilograms of shabu-shabu, as the drug is locally known, was seized, customs chief Made Wijaya said on Wednesday.

Wijaya said that following Savage’s detention two other people were arrested, an Indonesian citizen identified as SH who was suspected of being the receiver of the drugs, and a Nigerian identified as EP, who was arrested in Jakarta.

A further arrest came on Sunday as another South African, 38-year-old Kedibone Motsweneng, who arrived on the same Johannesburg-Singapore-Denpasar route, was caught carrying 2.458 grams of shabu-shabu.

Two further arrests followed, of a female Indonesian identified as AR in a hotel in Bali, and another Indonesian identified as ES in Surabaya, East Java.

Wijaya said that the similarities between the two cases suggested that they were connected.

“Given the modes used, it does seem that the cases are very similar,” he said.

Both South Africans face a possible death sentence under Article 113 of anti-narcotics laws.

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12 Responses to “Six Arrested over $1.5m Drugs Seizure”

  1. Melissa Says:

    Brett Savage is my brother and was very cleverly set up by his own twin sister who is a real druggie. Brett has never been or taken drugs in his life. So sad to know what a person (a drug addict) is capable of doing. Destroying lives, even childrens lives who only have one parent.

  2. Patricia Says:

    In the Philippines the person who recruited Brett would be charged with HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT!!! This has to stop because those who are arrested are not the DRUG MULES but the DECOYS!!!!HOW MANY MORE LIVES MUST BE RUINED BEFORE OUR COUNTRY WAKES UP…

  3. Cheryl Braam Says:

    How tragic and sad. Tanya has had drug problems for years, ruining an excellent career along with her eldest son’s education by him being in and out of school and moving countless times. My heart goes out to the family during this tragic time.

  4. lena Says:

    Melissa 1: yes it is tragic for the innocent trafficking drugs in any country however i am confused. If this was a set up by his twin sister; then one would assume she was also on the flight into Bali otherwise, how could she remove the drugs from his luggage without him knowing. One would assume, he would open his own suitcase on arrival to his hotel.

  5. Micah Says:

    There is a huge sign in the arrivals hall when you arrive in Bali: Death to those that bring drugs to Bali.
    Each time a newstory is released on a drug arrest it is always, they weren’t mine, I was set up etc.
    When will people learn!

  6. Janet Says:

    Is there any news on Brett?

  7. Vanessa Says:

    If you are not aware about drugs and where they are hidden you would not be any the wiser. He had a permanent job and was going on holiday for two weeks. He had borrowed a suitcase and his daughter helped him pack. If I was borrowing a suitcase and it was empty I would not think anything of it. Who knows to check in the lining of the suitcase if you know nothing about drugs. I also heard that if you are a drug mule your accommodation and flight gets paid for and your are in and out. Why would Brett pay his own air ticket and only come back two weeks later. If it was me and I knew about it I would like to be in and out and not hang around. Therefore, I believe he is completely innocent.

  8. aussie expat in bali Says:

    The South African Consulate should be ashamed of themselves for their complete lack of support for one of their citizens. Shame on you South Africa. Whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty” There is more to this story than meets the eye.

  9. huh? Says:

    if brett was SO innocent, then how did his arrest lead to two other arrests? the article says: “an Indonesian citizen identified as SH who was suspected of being the receiver of the drugs, and a Nigerian identified as EP, who was arrested in Jakarta”. IT sounds to me that once Brett was arrested, he sang like a fat lady and outed the others.

  10. aussie expat in bali Says:

    @ Huh? Don’t be so quick to judge when you don’t know the facts. Whether he is innocent or guilty is up to the courts to decide. Speculation in a case that could attract the Death Penalty is unwise.

  11. ex inmate at "Hotel K" Says:

    To aussie expat in Bali…..Am talking from experience when i say that there are sooo many ppl in that place who truly have been set-up! Leave it to the courts to decide???? Are you mad?!?!?!?? the judicial system there is a business!!!! Nobody is EVER innocent!!!! Raise money, FAST!!! cop a plea and get the f**k out!!!

  12. aussie expat in bali Says:

    @ ex inmate…. agreed and the advice you have given is the advice to take. My comment was more about asking people not to judge. Unfortunately as you would know not eberyone has or can raise the money. Sad situation

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