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A Decade in Jail for Bringing Cocaine to Bali

Peruvian Gets Sentence of 10 Years in Prison for Smuggling Almost 1.7 kilograms of Cocaine into Bali

As reported by Radar Bali, Jorge Rafael Albornoz Gamarra (44), a Peruvian tourist was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Denpasar District Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 after being found guilty of attempting to smuggle 1.696 kilograms of cocaine into Bali.

The quality of the narcotics and the amount involved paved the way for the judges to potentially impose a much more severe sentence of life imprisonment or execution before a firing squad. However, the judges opted to impose the relatively light sentence of 10 years and a fine of Rp. 1 billion.

Prosecutors had sought a heavier sentence of 15 years.

Prosecutors told the court they were considering appealing the “light” sentence, seeking a heavier penalty on review by the High Court.

Jorge was arrested on Thursday, December 6, 2019, as the result of an x-ray examination of his luggage upon arrival via Emirates Airline at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport. A closer examination revealed drugs concealed in his suitcase’s lining. Initially inspectors declared they had discovered 4.74 kilograms of cocaine that when the substance was analyzed further was found to contain only 1.696 kilograms of the drug. The difference in weight was the result of an inert substance used to camouflage the narcotic.

Claiming he was acting only as a courier, Jorge told police he had been paid US$1,000 by a man named Juan Lechi in Brazil to carry the drugs to Bali.

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