Dutch man arrested in Bali for allegedly importing cannabis extract

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A Dutch man has been arrested in Bali and is being transferred to Jakarta after law enforcement discovered he had been running a “green” business on the island for the past two years, allegedly exporting cannabis extract into Indonesia from the Netherlands.

Two kilograms of cannabis concentrates, more commonly referred to as cannabis extract was reportedly secured as evidence from a Dutch national whom police have identified as “Max.”

The 37-year-old was arrested at a villa in Batu Belig, North Kuta in the early hours of Sunday morning, around 12:30am. It’s understood that the suspect was arrested as he was about to receive a shipment of cannabis extract. Popular uses of extracts include management of stress and anxiety, along with the treatment of a number of physical ailments. 

“He is being taken to national police police headquarters for further investigation. There were seven officers from headquarters, escorting him,” Merdeka quoted an unidentified police source as saying.

After being apprehended, Max was taken to a Bali Police station in Denpasar, but he is just “in transit” there, according to Merdeka’s police source.

“There is no investigation by (Bali) Province police. They are just helping coordinate to bring the suspect to national police headquarters,” the source said.

Jakarta was apparently the point of entry for the drugs.

“The drugs entered through Jakarta, then went to Bali and would have been circulated by the suspect.”

The Dutch man had been on police’s radar for some time and had been living in Bali for the past two years.

Bali Police’s Deputy Narcotics Director, Supt. Sudjarwoko confirmed the Dutch man’s arrest and that the case was being handled by national police.

“Yes, it’s true. But it’s headquarters’ case. We are just helping. The suspect has been taken to headquarters,” Sudjarwoko said.

Charges do not appear to have been pressed yet as police transfer the man to Jakarta and deepen their investigation. Anti-drug trafficking laws in Indonesia are extremely harsh, with the death penalty being the maximum punishment for the most severe cases. 

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