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Another One Bites the Dust

Bali Customs Authorities Arrest an Indonesian Woman Carrying US$10,000 of Methamphetamine.

(10/16/2011) The Customs and Excise officials at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport have arrested an Indonesian woman carrying 3.755 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Theresa Avilla Tanti Siwi (39) arrived in Bali on board Qatar Airways Flight 638 on Monday, October 10 on a trip that started in Nairobi, Kenya.

Suspicious of the woman and her baggage, repeated x-ray examination by Customs officers eventually yielded the drugs with an estimated street value of Rp. 9 billion (US$1 million).

The woman’s arrest has also led police to Erika, a cousin of Theresa, and Nurhadi Imron who was to have received the narcotics in Indonesia. Police say Erika had a Nigeria boyfriend who is believed to have set up the entire transaction of illegal drugs.

Theresa, a post-graduate student in the English language in Malang, East Java, claims that she did not know she was carry methamphetamine, but was offered Rp. 7 million for delivering the “unknown substance” to Indonesia.

The woman now faces possible charges under the anti-narcotics law of 2009 that carry a maximum penalty of Rp. 10 billion in fines and the death penalty.