Frenchman arrested in Bali drug case

BALI ― Indonesian authorities have arrested a Frenchman accused of smuggling half a million dollars' worth of illegal drugs onto the resort island of Bali, officials said Monday.

Customs officials said Francois Jacques Guily was detained Sunday after arriving on a flight from Abu Dhabi via Kuala Lumpur.

They said officers discovered two plastic packs containing 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) of methamphetamine in his suitcase.

He faces a possible death penalty if found guilty of drug trafficking.

Guily is the second Frenchman arrested in Bali in recent weeks on drug-related charges.

On Jan. 9, Thierry Claude Josep was arrested in Bali's capital, Denpasar, after police seized cocaine worth $47,000 from his pocket. He faces a maximum 20-year jail sentence if found guilty.

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and convicted smugglers are often executed. More than 140 people are on death row, mostly for drug crimes. About a third of them are foreigners.

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Discussion 1 : 21/01/2014 at 09:00 AM
There must be a big market in Bali to risk the death penalty.
Discussion 2 : 21/01/2014 at 08:55 AM
Francois Jacques Guily was arrested... I think there is a misspell in his name, should be read Guilty ! Joke aside, knowing that if they are caught and risk the death penalty and still give it a try, well, too bad for them ! Mr Guilty will be dreaming from now on of how he could have spent half a million dollars while awaiting his death sentence in a gloomy prison cell, how pathetic...
Discussion 3 : 21/01/2014 at 02:49 AM
No one seems to deter by the harsh penalty ( by death). Perhaps they might scare of cockroaches. Put more cockroaches in jail and show them the photos of the jail before they depart for Bali.
Discussion 4 : 21/01/2014 at 12:47 AM
Thaksin thought that, but his idea of tougher sentences was extra judicial killings..
Discussion 5 : 20/01/2014 at 11:45 PM
How does this amount of drugs get thru abu dhabi and malaysia ? Something fishy going on with airports around the world .
Discussion 6 : 20/01/2014 at 11:32 PM
Yep, you first take care of the ones who are there to serve and protect (and do exactly that, respectively with the drugs and their dealers), or do you want to start with the guys wearing another natural colour of uniform, who take care of refining and import? Many mills to fight Don Q...
Discussion 7 : 20/01/2014 at 10:27 PM
Thailand needs harsher sentences for selling drugs...the flow from Myanmar needs to be reduced as well from iPhone application.

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