Indonesian police parade Australians facing drug allegations

Two former Melbourne nightclub promoters have been arrested in Indonesia on drug allegations.

Two former Melbourne nightclub promoters have been paraded in front of media after being arrested in Bali over an alleged cocaine trafficking operation.

The men, named in media outlets as William Cabantog, 35, and David Van Iersel, 38, were arrested by Indonesian police on Saturday during raids of homes and nightclubs in the resort village of Canggu.

Police reportedly seized CCTV video from a venue where one of the men worked.

Denpasar Police Chief Ruddi Setiawan shows drug evidence belong to Australian David Van Lersel and William Cabantog.
Source: AAP

The two men, clad in orange prison clothes, were paraded before a media pack on Tuesday morning.

Footage was also posted of cocaine and scales police will use as alleged evidence against the men.

A police statement said they were arrested at the Lost City Club with 1.12 grams of cocaine and they faced prison sentences ranging from four to 12 years if found guilty.

David Van Iersel and William Cabantog are escorted by police officers.
Source: AAP

In a statement on Monday, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed the arrests.

"We stand ready to offer consular assistance ... should they request it," the statement said.

Cabantog was a Melbourne nightclub promoter before moving to Bali. His Instagram account shows him dining and swimming with friends in Indonesia during the past year.

"So blessed to live in paradise and to have my friends to experience this beautiful island together," he posted last month.


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Published 23 July 2019 at 6:40am, updated 23 July 2019 at 3:31pm