And They Just Keep Coming
By now, anyone with any germ of an idea in their head about smuggling drugs in or out of Bali really should need that head examined by a medical professional.
It is not possible to be innocent or naive about the terrible dangers of drugs: they fuel crime and take lives, including those of users. Anyone coming into our country is made aware of what will happen if they are caught with drugs: it is clearly spelled out on entry card cards that everyone must fill out prior to arrival that traffickers will be put to death. (Executions in this country are carried out by firing squad.)
And yet they just keep coming, with hard drugs concealed in their luggage or body cavities. Kerobokan Prison is overflowing with more than three times its prisoner capacity, many of them foreigners jailed for trafficking narcotics.
Those foreign inmates have hit world headlines because of their trials and incarceration. It is few among us, for instance, who have not heard of the Australian drug-smuggler Schapelle Corby, who was given a 20-year prison term in 2005 for bringing 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali, although she has just had five years shaved off that term by the president.
So it is all the more incredulous that there is no let-up in the flow of foreigners being arrested in Bali for smuggling drugs in. This week we learned from the police that four British citizens and an Indian national have been arrested in connection with a drug ring. Initially, British woman Lindsay Sandiford was picked up and led police to the others during a surveillance operation. The police, often maligned, are to be congratulated on their work in helping ridding Bali of the blight of drugs.
Bali, in southern tourist parts, is a party island. That gives rise among some to a demand for hard drugs. It should not be so. We can all have a good time without being illegally intoxicated and destroying lives as well as the island’s reputation.