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Indian Man Gets Six Year Prison for Smuggling Pharmaceuticals into Bali.


Bali News: Bali, Narcotics, Mohammed Umar Rangaswamy, ketamine
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(7/31/2010)

36 year-old Mohammed Umar Rangaswamy, an Indian national, was convicted on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, of attempting to smuggle 9.744 kilograms of ketamine through Bali's airport on February 23, 2010.

The Denpasar District Court imposed a sentence of 6 years in prison and a fine of Rp. 10 million (US$1,100) in lieu of an additional 6 months added to the base sentence.

The sentence handed down to the Indian man was the same as that requested by prosecutors for the illegal importation of a pharmaceutical.

The drug ketamine is used medically as an anesthetic, is an anti-depressant and, after modification, can be made into a form of the recreation drug ecstasy.

Rangaswamy was caught trying to bring the powder into Bali concealed within a air tank. An x-ray of the tank revealed the concealed illicit drugs.

Speaking on behalf of his client, lawyer Ali Sadikin told the press that his client was still considering whether or not to appeal his sentence.

The man told the court what he had been paid approximately US$1,000 to act as a courier of the drug while flying into Bali on Thai Airways.


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