Blunder by Bullets

American and Mexican Deported from Bali for Illegal Possession of Munitions

Two foreigners apprehended separately in recent days trying to smuggle live rounds of ammunition through Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport have been released from police custody and deported back to their home countries. reports that Jose Fabian Ibarra Valdez from Mexico and Drew Thomas Stone from the USA have been formally deported out of Indonesia. The deportation was confirmed by the Commander of the Airport’s Police Precinct, Agung Raka Nugraha, on Thursday, April 4, 2019, who said the men were sent back to their respective home countries “where it is legal to carry forearms and ammunitions.”

The seized ammunition has been surrendered to Bali Provincial Police Headquarters.

Mexican Jose Fabian Ibarra Valdez (32) was arrested on Monday, March 25, 2019, at Bali’s airport with 10 round of ammunition. American Drew Thomas Stone (25) was taken into custody on Sunday, March 31, 2019 with 31 bullets and 3 magazines in his suitcase. Valdez was traveling to Singapore where the illegal possession of arms or ammunitions results in very severe sentence of 5-10 years in prison and caning. Stone was apprehended as he prepared to fly to Seoul, South Korea where illegal munitions can result in an US$18,000 fine and ten years in prison.

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