|Frenchman busted in Bali with 3 kilos of drugs
A Frenchman has been arrested for trying to smuggle more than US$500,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine into the Indonesian resort island of Bali, an offense punishable by death, an official said.
Francois Giuily, 48, (Pictured) was detained Sunday at Bali airport with more than three kilograms of the drug hidden in plastic bags in his suitcase lining.
Airport customs chief I Made Wijaya said the drugs had a street value of US$511,280. Giuily could face the death penalty under Indonesia's tough anti-narcotics laws as well as a 10 billion rupiah (US$830,000) fine, he said.
Several foreign nationals are on death row for drug-related offences in Indonesia.
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in January last year after being found with US$2.4 million worth of cocaine in her luggage as she arrived on Bali.
The latest arrest came as another French national, 40-year-old Michael Blanc, was freed today on parole from an Indonesian jail more than 14 years after he was caught smuggling drugs into Bali.
Last Wednesday another Frenchman, Thierry Verchere, was arrested for possession of cocaine with a street value of almost US$50,000 on the island.
As Verchere faces a possession charge, and not a smuggling charge, he will not receive the death penalty.