Man arrested with IDR1.05 billion worth of meth in Bali, death penalty on the table

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An alleged drug courier has been arrested in Bali with IDR1.05 billion (US$76k) worth of meth.

Gilimanuk Regional Police say they arrested East Java man Arif, alias Jatmiko Harif on Wednesday with the drugs, securing 708 grams.

Jimbaran Police Chief Comr. Priyanto Priyo Hutomo said the 29-year-old’s arrest was triggered by a routine vehicle inspection for people entering Bali via the Port of Gilimanuk.

Police found a “suspicious package” aboard a bus on its way from Central Java, so they tailed the bus, which led them to the supermarket, Hardys in Tabanan.

That’s when Arif showed up on motorbike to pick up the package.

“When receiving the package, the perpetrator was arrested by Gilimanuk Police Criminal Investigation Unit officers,” Hutomo said on Thursday, as quoted by Merdeka.

A later search of Arif’s rented room at a boardinghouse in South Denpasar yielded the rest of the IDR1.05 billion meth not found in the package.

Arif is being charged with violating Article 114 paragraph 2 of Law no. 35 of 2009 on Narcotics, with the threat of capital punishment or life imprisonment, or at least a minimum sentence of six years if found guilty, in addition to Article 112 paragraph 2 which carries a max penalty of life and a minimum sentence of five years, according to Hutomo.

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