Indonesia arrests Briton, Japanese man for drugs

15th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Briton and a Japanese man are facing possible execution in Indonesia after customs officials found drugs in their luggage at Bali airport, authorities said Monday.

Customs officers said they had arrested British national Khuram Antonio Khan Garcia, 39, with methamphetamine and Japanese Morita Yuki, 35, with hashish as they arrived at the resort island's international airport.

Garcia was arrested Thursday after landing on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha with 3.1 kilograms (6.8 pounds) of methamphetamine in his suitcase. The drugs had an estimated street value of six billion rupiah (672,000 dollars).

He told investigators someone called "Mr. Ben" had asked him to carry the suitcase from Cameroon to Indonesia.

An Indonesian suspect was arrested Friday when he came from Jakarta to pick up the suitcase, the customs office said in a statement.

Yuki was arrested Sunday after landing from Bangkok with 5.9 kilograms of hashish valued at 3.5 billion rupiah hidden in paper packages in his suitcase lining.

"The suspect said he bought the hashish from people in Himachal Pradesh in India. He said he wanted to take it to Australia via Melbourne," Bali airport customs chief Made Wijaya told reporters.

Both suspects could face the death penalty if convicted of smuggling drugs into Indonesia.

© 2010 AFP

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