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Indonesia sentences New Zealand woman to 30 months for drugs

Associated Press logo Associated Press 13/04/2017
New Zealand's Myra Lynne Williams, right, escorted by Indonesia prisoner to a courtroom during her verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Indonesian judges sentenced Williams two years and six months in prison on allegations of attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the tourist island of Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati) © The Associated Press New Zealand's Myra Lynne Williams, right, escorted by Indonesia prisoner to a courtroom during her verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, April 13, 2017. Indonesian judges sentenced Williams two years and six months in prison on allegations of attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the tourist island of Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

BALI, Indonesia — An Indonesian court sentenced a New Zealand woman on Thursday to 2 ½ years in jail for possessing methamphetamine.

Myra Lynne Williams, 28, was arrested last August when customs and narcotics agency officers confiscated 0.43 grams of crystal methamphetamine upon her arrival at Bali's airport from Melbourne.

A three-member panel of judges at the Denpasar District Court found Williams guilty of possessing and using a category one drug.

According the indictment, it was Williams's erratic behavior by refusing to queue up and even babbling while waiting for her passport to be stamped that drew attention from immigration officials, who contacted narcotics and customs officers. When the custom officers asked her to stand up from her seat, they found a plastic bag containing the methamphetamine.

Williams' lawyer Poppy Eunike said they accepted the verdict. State prosecutors had been seeking a three-year sentence.

Indonesia has very strict drug laws and convicted traffickers are often executed by firing squad. More than 150 people are on death row, mostly for drug crimes and about a third of them are foreigners.

Eighteen people convicted of drug-related offenses have been executed under the current administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

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