Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

British woman in Bali drugs arrest

Indonesian custom officers escort British citizen Lindsay Sandiford during a press conference in Kuta, Bali (AP)

A British woman has been arrested for allegedly smuggling cocaine worth £1.6 million into the tropical island of Bali.

Lindsay Sandiford covered her face as she was brought out to face the media at a press conference in Kuta, a holiday town on the Indonesian island.

The 55-year-old was pictured sat at a table surrounded by packages wrapped up in brown tape as a customs official cut them open with a knife.

Wearing an orange inmate's T-shirt, she was also photographed flanked by armed officers wearing black masks.

Sandiford was stopped with the 4.7kg haul in a suitcase as she arrived in Bali on a flight from Bangkok in Thailand on May 19, according to Indonesian customs official Made Wijaya.

Three other Britons and an Indian national were believed to be the intended recipients and are being questioned.

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and convicted smugglers are executed. More than 140 people are on death row, a third of them foreigners.

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