Two Malaysians caught with drugs at Bali airport

JAKARTA: Two Malaysians, a sports officer and a university student, have been arrested in Bali for alleged involvement in drug trafficking.

Malaysia’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, said the Indonesian authorities had officially informed him on the arrest of the two men, one from Selangor and the other from Negeri Sembilan.

“We received information confirming the arrest of a sports officer and a student from a Malaysian public higher learning institution at Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali after Indonesian authorities found drugs in a luggage belonging to one of them,” he told Bernama here.

He said the embassy had contacted the families and informed them of the incident.

Zahrain said the men were being detained at a Bali district police station to facilitate investigations but embassy staff have not met them.

The two Malaysians were arrested at Ngurah Rai Airport on Oct 20. Customs had found more than 100 synthetic drug tablets and about 70 grams of marijuana.

Ngurah Rai Airport Customs chief, Budi Haryanto said the two men, aged 36 and 22, arrived in Bali via a flight from Kuala Lumpur. They were detained while passing through security screening at the airport.

He said a body check also found several pieces of marijuana plant cuttings hidden in the socks of one of them.

Budi said initial investigations revealed that the drugs were for distribution at an entertainment centre in Bali.

They could face a minimum jail term of five years and a fine of Rp 1 billion (RM300,000) if convicted.