Dutchman Nabbed for Drugs


A Bali-resident Dutchman was arrested in Jakarta last Friday after attempting to smuggle cocaine into Indonesia hidden inside his anus.

Forty-one-year-old Reinder Leopold was detained at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. According to customs officials he had 205 grams of cocaine hidden inside his body.

Leopold, who has lived in Bali for 10 years, and works as a clothes designer, had just arrived from Bangkok. He told officers that he had bought the drugs in Thailand for use at a party in Bali. He is married in Bali and has a child.

Head of customs at Soekarno-Hatta Oza Olavia said officers had to wait until Leopold had passed all the drug capsules from his body.

“He put the capsules, which contained cocaine, into his anus himself. He needed nine hours to pull the capsules out,” he said.

Olavia said that Leopold’s wife had already been questioned by the police in Bali. He faces a possible death penalty if found guilty of drug smuggling.

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