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Night Spots Warned : Stay Clear of Drugs

Bali Tourism Boss Warns of Dire Consequences for Night Venues Proven to Be Used as Transaction Centers for Illegal Narcotics.

(8/20/2005) The Chief of the Provincial Tourism Authority for Bali, Gede Nurjaya, has put Bali's entertainment venues on notice to keep their distance from any involvement in the illegal sale of drugs.

Speaking on Tuesday, August 16, 2005, and quoted in the Indonesian-language DenPost, Nurjaya has warned local managers to make it their business to know whatís taking place on their business premises, saying they will be held responsible if it is determined that narcotics transactions are a common occurrence at their night venues. "If there is repeated proof that an entertainment venue is the site of narcotics transactions, their permits can be revoked," Nurjaya warned.

Saying he supports the increasing frequent checks and raids on Bali's night spots by police, Nurjaya asked tourist visitors to not bring unhealthy habits and predilections to Bali that could potentially endanger the Balinese people.

Baliís top tourism official said the island stands shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the world in the war on narcotics.