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Bali Police Claim No Plans For Random Urine Tests.


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(9/5/2005)

The Australia Associate Press (AAP) reported on August 31, 2005 that the head of the Bali Anti-Narcotics squad, Bambang Sugiarto, denied Australian press reports that visitors in local pubs and night spots would be subjected to random urine tests.

While regular surprise visits on local nights spots checking for illegal drug possession as part of a general crack down on narcotics in Bali will continue, the man in charge of drug enforcement in Bali said urine testing would be reserved for people suspected of illicit drug use or dealing.

Michele Leslie, the Australian model now under arrest in Bali was only subjected to urine and blood tests after her apprehension by police who discovered two ecstasy pills in her bag while entering a public musical event in Bali. Leslie, if convicted, could be sentenced up to 15 years in prison.

Press interviews with revelers at popular clubs in Bali indicate that most travelers are not worried by the threat of frequent "sweeps" by anti-narcotic police. While some observers have expressed fears of having drugs planted on them by the same police conducting the raids, such fears seem to have no foundation in fact with none of the many people recently apprehended claiming such a defense.

Apparently most Bali partygoers, content to get their thrills on the consumption of legal alcohol, do not view steps aimed at stopping drug abuse as a matter or personal concern.



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