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)
Customs and excise officers at Ngurah Rai International Airport have announced the arrest of a British national, named Lindsay June Sandiford, for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country, an official said.
“We first spotted the cocaine through routine X-Ray scanning,” Customs and Excise Agency monitoring division head, Made Wijaya, told The Jakarta Post on Monday.
Sandiford, who traveled to Indonesia from Bangkok, did not make it through the Customs and Excise Agency’s X-Ray scanning. Agency officials spotted suspicious material inside her luggage and then asked her to step into their office for further examination.
The officials then found 4.7 kilograms of cocaine inside the luggage and put her under custody.
He said besides arresting Sandiford, the airport authorities had also arrested an Indian national, who is suspected of being Sandiford’s accomplice.
“Right now both of them, Sandiford and her suspected partner, have been delivered to the local police for further questioning,” he said.
He added that despite her seemingly unassuming appearance, airport authorities believed that Sandiford had long been part of an international narcotics syndicate.