British Woman Arrested in Bali over Drugs
A British woman was arrested for allegedly smuggling cocaine into Bali, and may face the death penalty under stiff anti-drug laws.
Customs officials detained the woman, identified as Lindsay Sandiford, 56, on May 19 with almost five kilograms of cocaine after arriving on a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok.
“We arrested the suspect after we found 4,791 grams of cocaine in her suitcase. She hid it in the lining of her suitcase,” Ngurah Rai International Airport customs chief I Made Wijaya told reporters on Monday.
“We conducted an X-ray scan on the luggage, found a suspicious substance in it and then examined it,” he said.
The cocaine has a street value of more than Rp23 billion (US$2.5 million) and Sandiford, who told officials she is a housewife, faces the death penalty for drug trafficking, Wijaya said.
Indonesia enforces stiff penalties including life imprisonment and death for drug trafficking.
Two members of an Australian drug smuggling gang known as the “Bali Nine” who were arrested in 2005 are on death row, while seven others face lengthy jail terms.
Another, Australian, Schapelle Corby, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for smuggling 4.1 kilos of marijuana in 2005, recently had her term slashed by five years after a clemency appeal to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The 34-year-old is due to be released in September 2017.