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Australian tourist rescued from off the coast of Bali after spending four days lost at sea is arrested when police 'find meth hidden under a bed on his boat'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 25/08/2019 Paula Ahillon For Daily Mail Australia

a man smiling for the camera: Anthony Haritos (pictured), 63, allegedly used the illicit substances to relieve pain after he fell from his catamaran, which led him to drift off the coast of Sumba Island in Indonesia for four days © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Anthony Haritos (pictured), 63, allegedly used the illicit substances to relieve pain after he fell from his catamaran, which led him to drift off the coast of Sumba Island in Indonesia for four days An Australian man who was rescued after being stranded at sea off Bali has allegedly been found with methamphetamine under the bed of his boat.

Anthony Haritos, 63, drifted off the coast of Sumba Island in Indonesia for four days after his catamaran was damaged by a freak wave. 

The Darwin businessman could up to face 12 years in prison under Indonesia's hard-line drug laws.

Haritos was arrested and charged with drug offences after police allegedly saw a social media post showing a man who looked like him with similar tattoos taking drugs.  

His boat was searched by authorities, who allegedly found 0.006g of methamphetamine, News Corp Australia reported.

The 63-year-old allegedly told police he had bought the drugs in Bali to help relieve pain for an existing back injury. 

Haritos' suffered a severe back injury after slipping on his boat during the police raid.

An ambulance took Haritos to Siloham Hospital, near Kuta in Bali, strapped to a stretcher where he will undergo tests for his injury.

Ms Sienny Karmana, his lawyer, said Haritos admitted he owned the drugs, which he bought in Bali a year and a half ago.

a small boat in a body of water: His boat (pictured) was subsequently searched by authorities, who allegedly found 0.006 grams of methamphetamine © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited His boat (pictured) was subsequently searched by authorities, who allegedly found 0.006 grams of methamphetamine His lawyer said the drugs were used to treat a previous back injury he suffered in Dili in 2003.

'He last used [the drug] when he fell down on his boat. He wanted to reduce the pain so he used it again just before he was rescued,' she said.

'We still don't know how long he will be treated here [in Bali]. He needs an MRI and further observation.'

Haritos has been sailing from Australia to Rote – an island in Indonesia – when bad weather damaged the boat.

Police will allege Haritos tested positive for methamphetamine.

Haritos is a director of an international school in Dili, East Timor and the director of shipping firm, Haritos Shipping.


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