An American man living in the southernmost Bukit area of Bali has been arrested for drug possession, Bali Police said on Friday.
Joseph Malone, 61, from California, was apprehended at the popular surfing Padang Padang Beach on Thursday by officers who found 9.1 grams of hashish on him, police spokesman Gede Sugianyar told reporters.
The longtime Bali resident owns two houses on the island, Sugianyar said, adding that the arrest came after a tip-off from security officials in the area.
“As well as having the drug, he also could not show the authorities that he had permission to have it,” he said.
Under Indonesia’s harsh anti-drugs laws, Malone could face up to four years in prison if found guilty.