Customs and Excise officials at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport apprehended a 30-year-old Russian national on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, caught in the act of trying to smuggle one kilogram of hashish.
Alexander Simonov was arrested after he disembarked a Malaysian Airline flight at 12 noon in a journey that started in Katmandu, Nepal.
Brought by police to a local clinic, more than 10 capsules of hashish were detected in the man’s stomach cavity via a medical x-ray.
The man was held at the clinic under police guard while nature took its course and the illegal drugs became more readily accessible to police and prosecutors for use in a coming trial.
That the man had more than 1 kilogram of drugs in his possession clears the way for Indonesian prosecutors to seek the death sentence in the coming trial.
Police have yet to make formal charges in the case.
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