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In late July, Indonesian authorities arrested three foreigners for distributing cocaine on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
National Narcotics Agency officers seized 844.6 grams (1.9 pounds) of cocaine along with other drugs, including MDMA and cannabis, from the three suspects, identified as British, Brazilian and Mexican .
At a press conference on Friday, Gde Sugianyar Dwi Putra, head of Bali’s National Narcotics Agency, said officers had arrested the British man, whom they suspect was the highest level distributor bottom of the three, on July 21 in a villa in Badung district after receiving some information about his alleged activities.
The police then arrested the Brazilian, suspected of concocting drugs, in a separate location. The Mexican man, who has been in Bali since 2012 and is believed to be at the highest level of their network, was later arrested.
“We are still investigating. The cocaine entry will most likely come from Europe, because this cocaine entry route is specific,” Sugianyar said. “It is produced in South America, sent to Europe , and from Europe it spread to other countries, including via Indonesia.”
The drug ring in which the three men are believed to be involved is known to target foreigners in some popular tourist areas in southern Bali.
“Bali is the destination for foreign tourists. But we have to remember that some of them are also part of the crime – one of them is narcotic,” Sugianyar said.
He added that the suspects would be punished according to Indonesian Narcotics Law, with a minimum of five years imprisonment and a maximum death penalty as dealers and distributors of various types of drugs.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says Indonesia is a major smuggling hub, in part because international drug syndicates target its young population. The Indonesian National Narcotics Agency estimates that there are 5.6 million drug addicts in the country of 270 million people.
In May, Indonesian Navy officers deployed to secure travel during the Eid al-Fitr holiday made the largest cocaine seizure in Indonesia after finding plastic packaging containing 179 kilograms (nearly 400 pounds) of drugs floating in the sea near the port of Merak on the main island of Java. No one has been arrested.
Most of the more than 150 people on death row in Indonesia have been convicted of drug-related crimes. About a third of them are foreigners. His last executions date back to 2016, when an Indonesian and three foreigners were shot by firing squad.
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