Archipelago

Bali Police nab 4 international
drug syndicate members

Indonesian custom officers escort British citizen Lindsay Sandiford, center, during a press conference in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia on Monday. Indonesian custom said they arrested the British woman on May 19, 2012 for allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine in her bag. (AP/Firdia Lisnawati)
Indonesian custom officers escort British citizen Lindsay Sandiford, center, during a press conference in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia on Monday. Indonesian custom said they arrested the British woman on May 19, 2012 for allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine in her bag. (AP/Firdia Lisnawati)

Bali Police arrested four foreigners, three British nationals and an Indian national, who are suspected of being members of an international drug syndicate.

Two of the suspects, who police identified as JAP and RLD, are husband and wife and own a villa in Bali.

Their role in the drug trade was to pick up drugs delivered by Lindsay June Sandiford, a British citizen, who Bali Police had earlier arrested for carrying 4.7 kilograms of cocaine from Thailand.

After arresting JAP, who had picked up the cocaine from Sandiford, JAP directed the police to his villa in Tabanan, where police discovered 48.94 grams of cocaine hidden in a black bag and arrested his wife, RLD.

Given information extracted from these two suspects police were able to capture the other two suspects the next day, kompas.com reported on Monday.

They arrested NA, the Indian national, in a villa in Badung where they found 78 plastic bags filled with ecstasy. They also arrested PB in a villa in Kuta with 3.36 grams of hashish.

Police have said that they will continue to use Sandiford to lure out other members of the alleged Bali drug syndicate. (png/iwa)

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