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New Zealander arrested in Indonesia for drugs

AFP logoAFP 28/04/2017

A New Zealand man has been arrested for alleged possession and consumption of drugs on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, an official said Friday. © Myoshida/Associated Press A New Zealand man has been arrested for alleged possession and consumption of drugs on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, an official said Friday. A New Zealand man has been arrested for alleged possession and consumption of drugs on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, an official said Friday.

Darren Lee Wong, 35, was picked up last Friday when police raided his room in a hotel in Senggigi, West Lombok.

The police found three small plastic bags with around half a gramme (0.02 ounces) each of methamphetamine and MDMA, as well as around a third of a gramme of cocaine.

"The suspect put the drugs in tiny, transparent plastic bags and hid them in his ipad in his bag," said Lombok's anti-drugs police officer Komang Satra.

Indonesia has tough laws against drug trafficking and has executed foreigners, including Australian Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumara for smuggling drugs.

Wong, who lives in the Australian city of Sydney, was carrying less than the minimum of five grammes required by the law to impose the death penalty for trafficking.

But under Indonesia's laws, he could face up to 12 years of jail if charged and found guilty of possession.

Wong told police he had obtained the drugs in Gili Trawangan, a popular tourist destination in northern Lombok.

This month New Zealander Myra Williams was sentenced to two and a half years of prison after police found her with 0.43 grammes (0.01 ounces)of crystal methamphetamine in Bali last September.

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