Saturday, September 09, 2006
MATARAM, West Nusa Tenggara: A British man was arrested Friday following a drug seizure at Senggigi beach resort.
Mataram Police drug squad chief First Insp. Dawud said that besides the Briton, Alexander John Spencer, 30, police Mataram resident Ahmad Yani was also arrested, for dealing drugs.
"We seized two 1.6-gram packages of marijuana and Rp 400,000 in cash. We also confiscated Alex' passport," he said.
The two men were arrested at 10:30 a.m. after police received a tip-off from a resident. The transaction was made 500 meters away from the Senggigi beach police station.
The maximum punishment the two men could face is 15 years' jail and a Rp 1 billion fine.
Alex' lawyer, Gabriel GHT, said there had been some sort of confusion.
"My client has visited Lombok twice, this time to buy a house in Senggigi. He wants to invest in property here."
Gabriel said that Alex had been drunk when someone offered him cigarettes.
"He bought them without knowing they were marijuana." - JP
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