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Out of Africa, Into Bali

South African Busted Smuggling Methamphetamines into Bali

(2/15/2014) The State News Agency Antara credit customs officials at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport with thwarting the smuggling of 1.54 kilograms of methamphetamines into Bali.

The drugs were in the possession of a 58-year-old South African Henri Lubbe when he landed in Bali on a flight from Hong Kong mid-day on Sunday, February 9, 2014.

Customs officials suspect the man is connected to a Nigerian drug syndicate.

Customs officials place a street value of Rp. 3 billion (US$245,000) on the narcotics found in the personal luggage of Lubbe.

Lubbe told police that he had been compensated with a Bali holiday in return for his agreement to act as a mule in the transport of the drugs.

Police say Lubbe will be charged under the Indonesian anti-narcotics law with a possible maximum penalty of 20-years.