By Cindy Wockner and Komang Suriadi in Indonesia - September 22, 2005
A QUEENSLAND man is the latest Australian to be jailed in Indonesia on drug charges after he was arrested in possession of methamphetamines.
Police in Sangatta, East Kalimantan, yesterday confirmed John Michael Kelly, 45, was arrested with of 0.5g of "shabu-shabu" (methamphetamine) which he allegedly bought for about $140.
Mr Kelly faces drug laws that carry a maximum five-year jail term for owning, keeping or smuggling drugs.
Captain Anjas Gautama Putra said Mr Kelly and an Indonesian prostitute, 24, were caught allegedly in possession of about 0.5g of the drug, along with paraphernalia such as a waterpipe (bong), a cigarette lighter and a candle.
Mr Kelly, from Warwick, was arrested late on Saturday night at a hotel in Sangatta where police allege he and the woman were using the drug.
Captain Putra said Mr Kelly's blood and urine tested positive to amphetamine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
Mr Kelly is understood to have worked as a relief superintendent at Thiess Indonesia in East Kalimantan and was living in Sangatta. It is understood he had worked for Thiess for three years.
Capt Putra said it would be alleged Mr Kelly bought the drug on September 14 for 1 million rupiah and a bong that cost about 50,000 rupiah ($7) from a stranger at a hotel in Balikpapan.
He said on September 17 Mr Kelly went to a bar where he met the woman and they went to the hotel where they were found allegedly using the drug.
Capt Putra said the pair were arrested after security people conducting a routine check of the hotel discovered a room door ajar. Seeing the pair, security then called police who arrested them.
He said the woman's occupation was listed as prostitute.
Capt Putra said Mr Kelly was yet to be formally interrogated in the presence of a lawyer.
A spokeswoman at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta confirmed a Queensland man was arrested on narcotics-related charges and officials from the embassy were providing consular assistance.
Mr Kelly joins 12 Australians in jails across the archipelago facing Indonesia's tough anti-drugs laws, including model Michelle Leslie, the accused Bali heroin mules and Schapelle Corby, all jailed in Bali. Adelaide teacher Graham Payne was arrested last month in Sumatra.
Leslie, 24, was arrested in Bali last month, allegedly in possession of two ecstasy tablets.
Prosecutors said yesterday her case file was incomplete and would shortly be handed back to police for further work before she was formally charged and taken to court.