Aussie expat on trial in Bali for hashish possession pleads ignorance over harshness of Indonesian drug laws

An Australian expat caught with drugs in Bali is pleading ignorance, claiming that he didn’t realize drug use in Indonesia was “such a big crime.” Kind of hard to believe when the man has been living here for the past six years as a bar owner in Sanur, but perhaps he was living in a

Crime

Police seize 400 kg of turtle meat during Bali inspection

Police uncovered 400 kilograms of turtle meat from a truck they stopped in Kuta on Saturday. The pickup has been driving down Jl. Patasari around 5 am when it was stopped by...

Police seize 400 kg of turtle meat during Bali inspection

Police thwart truckload of pot from being smuggled into Bali

A truck full of marijuana was stopped from entering Bali. Badung Police’s Narcotics Investigation Division reportedly foiled a plot involving five packages of ganja, weighing...

Police thwart truckload of pot from being smuggled into Bali

Balinese family found dead in home, alleged familicide

A family of four were reportedly found dead in their home in a case of alleged familicide in Bondalem Village, Buleleng, North Bali. The Balinese family, including two parents and...

Balinese family found dead in home, alleged familicide

South African arrested at Bali airport with 1.1 kg of meth in underwear

A South African national was reportedly arrested at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport after customs officers found some meth hidden in the woman’s underwear. And it wasn’t just a...

South African arrested at Bali airport with 1.1 kg of meth in underwear

Illegal sand mining rampant in West Bali: report

Illegal sand mining is apparently going on unabated in Jembrana, West Bali. The sand, mined from the region’s beaches, is sold not only to Bali, but also onwards to Java,...

Illegal sand mining rampant in West Bali: report

Saudi tourists caught shoplifting at Bali airport duty free

A group of tourists from Saudi Arabia were reportedly caught shoplifting at a duty free shop at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. The news comes just as travel plans to...

Saudi tourists caught shoplifting at Bali airport duty free

Canggu phone thief hid under bed after caught in action

One phone thief’s reaction when getting caught stealing in Canggu was to hide under the bed. The perp, S, 29, from Banyuwangi, East Java, had apparently snuck into a shophouse...

Canggu phone thief hid under bed after caught in action

Prosecutors want both Aussie Sara Connor and Briton David Taylor jailed for 8 years over cop death

An Australian woman and her British boyfriend accused of beating to death a policeman on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali are facing a jail term of eight years each in line...

Prosecutors want both Aussie Sara Connor and Briton David Taylor jailed for 8 years over cop death

Bali prosecutors demand 8 years prison time for Briton accused of killing cop

Denpasar prosecutors have outlined their recommended sentence for a Briton on trial over the murder of a Bali policeman. Prosecutors said in court on Tuesday that David Taylor...

Bali prosecutors demand 8 years prison time for Briton accused of killing cop

Coconuts Bali Crime

Our crime section on Coconuts Bali is one of our most frequently updated news beats. Crime is abound in Bali and let’s be real—most of it is non-serious, petty crime that usually has us asking, “What was Mr. X thinking?? Like, really?” Like, why did that teenager think is was a good idea to steal all those chickens from his neighbor and sell them to buy a new motorbike? Or why did that tourist think he could get away with stuffing a bunch of cosmetics from the duty free at the airport into his pants? Crime is also the category of our site that contains the most internationally covered stories. Just every so often in Bali, there seems to be a foreigner (or several who conspire together) that get swept up in international incidents involving murder, corruption, drugs, or all of the above. These stories too often involve Aussies, but hey, not exclusively. Crime is usually not violent in Bali and you will not read about all of scuffles involving weapons, so when they do happen (usually with blades, no guns here), they do get reported on. Oh, and we would be remiss to be discussing crime in Bali and not bring up the “Hotel K” aka Kerobokan Prison, the home to Bali’s biggest and baddest criminals and also the small-time Joes. Overcrowded and supposedly a key component of Bali’s drug trade, the prison often finds its way into our crime section.