Man facing death penalty after smuggling drugs into Bali – claims he’s an addict

Man facing death penalty after smuggling drugs into Bali – claims he’s an addict

A man in Australia has been imprisoned after he tried to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the island (Image: 7NEWS)

A man has been imprisoned and is facing the death penalty after he tried to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into Bali.

Diving instructor Jeff Welton, from Perth, Australia, lives in Bali and was arrested two weeks ago after he was stopped by Indonesian police at Denpasar International Airport, where he had arrived on a flight from Vietnam.

The man from Perth was searched and authorities tried to locate eight grams of heroin and a small amount of methamphetamine which were hidden in a condom in his body.

Welton is now behind bars at Bali’s National Narcotics Agency, and according to his lawyer is shivering through drug withdrawals.

His lawyer Sienny Karmana said Welton never planned to sell the drugs, but drugs were used for personal use to feed a 15-year-long addiction.

Sienny Karmana told 7NEWS: “He (brought) the heroin into Bali because he said that he brings the medicine that he needs.”

He added was a “heavy drug addict. The doctor checks on him every time and gives him the substitution medicine he needs for withdrawals”.

In Indonesia, proving Walton is an addict could be key to his freedom.

His lawyers intend to argue for Welton to be treated in a rehabilitation centre, instead of a Bali prison cell.

Welton has been charged with drug possession and importation.

If found guilty, his lawyers say Welton could spend up to 20 years in jail and possibly face the death penalty.

Source: mirror.co.uk

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