2 tourists arrested for alleged drug trafficking in Bali received less than US$35, police say

The suspects are 32-year-old British national C and 44-year-old Australian national AWC. Photo: Denpasar Police
The suspects are 32-year-old British national C and 44-year-old Australian national AWC. Photo: Denpasar Police

Two foreigners on tourist visas were arrested in Badung regency earlier this week for alleged drug trafficking, as police continue investigation into a potentially larger network. 

Police identified the suspects as 32-year-old British national C and 44-year-old Australian national AWC. According to a statement issued by the Denpasar Police, C was arrested on Tuesday night on Jl. Dewi Sri in Kuta, while AWC was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday in Seminyak.

“We believe the two suspects were a dealer and a courier, whereby according to suspect AWC, he would receive IDR200,000 (US$13.58) from the first suspect [for each delivery],” Denpasar Police Chief Jansen Avitus Panjaitan said.  

AWC, meanwhile, would reportedly receive IDR500,000 (US$33.95) for every transaction. 

Jansen said both foreigners, who are in Indonesia on tourist visas, were motivated by economic reasons and belonged to the same network. Police had scouted Jl. Dewi Sri after receiving a tip-off from local residents about frequent drug transactions taking place in the area. 

Authorities also seized at least a dozen packages containing crystal meth and ecstasy pills from C’s room at a boarding house, whereas AWC was arrested with a package of crystal meth weighing 1.23 grams. 

C and AWC were individually charged with articles under Indonesia’s drug laws, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of IDR8 billion (US$543,190).

Read more news and updates from Bali here.

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