Aussie faces Bali meth charge

An Australian man has been arrested at Bali airport, allegedly with 1.7kgs of methamphetamine - or ice - in his luggage.

An Australian man was arrested Friday with 1.7 kilograms (3.4 pounds) of methamphetamine in his luggage at Bali International Airport in Indonesia, police and customs officials said.

"We arrested Michael Sacatides because he was carrying 1.7 kilogrammes of methamphetamine," customs official Bagus Endro Wibowo told AFP.

The 43-year-old boxing trainer from Sydney was arrested as he passed through customs after landing on an AirAsia flight from Bangkok at 11:30 am (0430 GMT), Wibowo said.

"We suspected him as he walked through the X-ray machine. The officers checked his luggage and found four plastic bags of meth," he said.

The drugs are reportedly worth 2.8 billion rupiah (314,000 dollars) at Indonesian street prices.

If convicted of smuggling the drugs into Indonesia, the Australian could face the death penalty.

Three Australians are currently on death row in Bali's Kerobokan jail for a 2005 attempt to smuggle 8.3 kilograms (18 pounds) of heroin into Australia from the tourist island.

Six other members of the so-called Bali Nine gang are serving long jail sentences.

Another Australian, Schapelle Corby, is serving a 20-year sentence in Bali for trafficking 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia in 2005.

Source AFP

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