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Australian held for drugs in Bali

2012-03-01 13:26

Sydney - An Australian man was arrested for drug offences on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, officials in Canberra said on Thursday, after he reportedly swallowed 70 capsules of heroin.

The 54-year-old was arrested at Denpasar airport on Tuesday and Indonesian authorities "expect to change him with drug offences", a foreign office spokesperson told AFP without giving further details.

"Consular officials in Bali are seeking access in order to offer consular assistance to the man," she said.

The commercial Nine television network reported that the man had swallowed up to 70 pre-packaged capsules of an unknown drug. Unconfirmed media reports said it was heroin and the man had arrived from Bangkok.

"I can confirm that we did arrest a foreigner for a drug-related offence, but I'm unable to provide more details as we are still investigating," Denpasar airport customs chief I Made Wijaya told AFP.

There are two Australians on death row in Indonesia for drug offences at Bali's Kerobokan prison, where several others are serving lengthy jail terms for similar crimes.

The jail was the scene of violent riots last week which saw foreign prisoners evacuated as inmates seized control of the facility from guards.

The latest incident comes after Australian man Graeme Pollock, 31, was Wednesday jailed for six months after being caught in Bali with the party drug methamphetamine, known locally in Bali as shabu shabu.