Busted: There’s No Visa Class That Allows Drug Dealing in Bali
Police Bust 5-members Multi-National Drug Dealing Ring Selling Cocaine and Marijuana in Kuta, Bali
Balipost.com reports that 5 foreign nationals were arrested in North Kuta on Friday, May 24, 2019 by the trans-national crime desk team of the Bali Police and will be charged with distributing cocaine and marijuana.
Those arrested have been identified as Nikita (33) and Maria (31) from Russia; Ian (31) from the USA; and Laura (33) and Juan (37) from Spain. Police gathered 20.18 grams of cocaine and 44.14 grams of marijuana in the course of the arrest.
The head of the Denpasar Police Precinct Ruddi Setiawan said the five under arrest are part of a cocaine and marijuana syndicate. “Even those these people who claim to be tourists, if they are involved in narcotics, we will place them in shackles. If they resist arrests, we will take all necessary force. These people have lived for a long time in Bali operating a restaurant and teaching Yoga,” explained Ruddi.
Police say the arrest was made possible based on information supplied by the public living in Kuta, North Kuta, and Seminyak reporting drug activities by foreigners staying in Bali. Investigations and surveillance launched by the police preceded the arrest.
On Monday, May 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm police apprehended Nikita on Jalan Tegal Cepuk in Kerobokan, North Kuta. Based on information from Nikita, police subsequently arrested another Russian woman, Maria.
Later, on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 8:00 pm police arrested the American, Ian, on Jalan Pengubengan, North Kuta. That arrest provided information that led to the arrest the Spaniard, Laua, in North Kuta.
On May 24th, another Spanish national, Juan, was arrested on Jalan Bumbak Daud, in North Kuta.
Police said the five were dealing drugs targeted for sale to foreigners visiting or living in Bali.
Police and prosecutors are expected to charge the five under the 2006 Narcotics Law with crimes punishable by 4 to 12 years in prison and fines of between Rp. 800 million and Rp. 8 billion.