SOUTHEAST ASIA - Indonesian authorities have arrested a German for allegedly trying to smuggle 239 grams of cocaine, some of it in his stomach, into Bali.
Hans Peter Naumann, 48, was arrested on Friday after he arrived on a flight from Bangkok, customs official Djarot Utomo said. Officers ordered x-rays of Naumann after suspecting something was hidden in his stomach, Utomo said on Saturday. Eleven white capsules filled with cocaine were found in Naumann's underwear, and doctors found six others inside his stomach, together worth $US65,000 ($A70,330), Utomo said.
Police are investigating and Naumann hasn't yet been charged. Indonesia has strict drug laws and convicted smugglers are often sentenced to death. More than 140 people, about one-third of them foreigners, are on death row, mostly for drug crimes.
Last year, a British woman was sentenced to death for smuggling $US2.5 million worth of cocaine into Bali in her luggage.
The West Australian/Sept. 28, 2014
Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.