What is legal or ignored in many countries is a serious crime here.
Three grams of weed would hardly draw any interest from a cop in Sheffield, but it can easily mean five or more years in a horrible prison in Indonesia. An extra couple of grams gets you a visit to the dangerous end of a firing squad.


A British man accused of smuggling cannabis into Bali has appeared wearing a mask at a TV press conference.

Zaid Thanoon, 26, a photographer from Sheffield, was put in front of cameras with another man on Wednesday.

He was arrested on 12 July, suspected of carrying three-and-a-half grams of cannabis into Indonesia.

A second man who appeared, Victor Ortegarocha, from Chile, was allegedly caught with three grams of cannabis the following day.


This warning is a little old now but, just in case anyone thought it out of date.
I understand the police are still under orders to shoot any drug suspect that tries to resist arrest and, whatever the rights and wrongs, it's a fact. … medan.html

Two foreigners who were allegedly part of an international drug syndicate were shot dead by North Sumatra Police in a crackdown on drug smuggling in Medan.

North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Agus Andrianto said the officers from the narcotics division were forced to shoot the suspects, an Indian national and a Malaysian, because they had fought back as the officers were trying to arrest them.

“The two foreigners that were shot dead were part of an international drug syndicate [operating in] Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia,” Agus said at a press conference in Medan on Monday.

I'm trying to think of a reason the court was wrong - but I can't

Mataram District Court Sentences French National to Death for Drug Trafficking

Jakarta. The Mataram District Court in West Nusa Tenggara sentenced a French citizen to death for drug trafficking on Monday.

Felix Dorfin, 35, was arrested at Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport in Lombok in September last year while trying to smuggle 2.98 kilograms of narcotics, including extasy and amphetamine, into the country.

He was jailed in Mataram, the provincial capital, following his arrest, but managed to escape in January by bribing a police officer. He was recaptured two weeks later while hiding in a jungle in North Lombok. 

The court found that his action warranted the death penalty. 

"This kind of activity has the potential to damage our younger generations and disrupt national security," said Isnurul Syamsul Arif, the presiding judge, as quoted by Antara.

"I'm trying to think of a reason the court was wrong - but I can't"

Nor can I.  Moreover, this law is highly supported by the people of Indonesia.

Ubudian :

"I'm trying to think of a reason the court was wrong - but I can't"

Nor can I.  Moreover, this law is highly supported by the people of Indonesia.

In a big way, and that isn't going to change any time soon.

My personal reasons are called Charles and Michelle - I want my kids to grow up without a clue about what life is like in a drug dealer infested country. I come from one, and I don't want my kids to see what I've seen.

My only concern regarding the death penalty here is the government are playing around too much and hanging on with the executions. That sends mixed signals to the scumbags that think they can get away with drug pushing and all the death, misery, and social chaos that goes with their nasty trade.
I would like to see action, and fast action, to get these evil people dispatched to hell.

You can't educate pork - or the extremely greedy willing to destroy lives, and risk their own, for cash.
They know what could happen, and I won;t object slightly if it does, but they're stupid and greedy enough to do it anyway. … s-on-bali/

DENPASAR, Indonesia — Indonesian police in Bali have arrested an American, two Spaniards and two Russians for selling cocaine on the island.

Police paraded the three men and two women at a press conference on Friday.

Denpasar police chief Ruddi Setiawan said the first arrest was on May 20 when a 33-year-old Russian man was caught negotiating cocaine sales to foreign tourists by phone.

Indonesia has strict drug laws and dozens of convicted smugglers are on death row. Its last executions were in July 2016, when an Indonesian and three foreigners were killed by firing squad.

Just in case anyone wonders why I'm ignoring Indonesians idiotic enough to deal in drugs and get nabbed - This is an expat forum.

This seems to be a general rule in Southeast Asia, most of the countries have had their own versions of war on drugs over the decades. Better safe than sorry.

No charges yet, but the cops tend not to do this stuff unless that's next on their 'to do' list. … rafficking

Two Australians arrested in Bali reportedly linked to cocaine trafficking
Charges yet to be laid against former Melbourne nightclub promoters William Cabantog and David Van Iersel

Brown trousers time for them.

Another one that thought he was too clever to get arrested - He was wrong
Sadly, Indonesia isn't executing drug killers at the moment, but he'll get a lot of years in a really rubbish hotel room. … ox-of-meth

Abdul Rauf Mohammed Yasin, a 40-year-old citizen of India, was arrested at the Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, on Monday for smuggling 1.3 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in a jewelry box. Yasin is now being detained at the Juanda Customs and Excise Office in nearby Sidoarjo.

A couple of very stupid Australians that just couldn't leave drugs alone while on holiday

William Roy Astilero Cabantog (36) / David Irk Johanes Van Iersel (38)

1 g or so of cocaine can mean they get anything up to a 12 year holiday on the island.

Don't be an idiot - Leave off drugs in Indonesia.

As a note, my recent trip to Bali, a place I will never return to unless I'm being paid, I was offered drugs on the street. It's clearly easy to buy the rubbish, but that doesn't mean it's any less idiotic to do so.

Peru this time - 18 years in prison … ai-ke-bali

Guido Torres Morales (55) - 1 kg

More than a few are pushing for drug criminals currently on death row to be executed as soon as possible. I know several foreigners on tourist visa are in that less than ideal position, and I understand at least one expat is on the list. … w-convicts

The rights and wrongs are unimportant, just moot points if you're watching a firing squad from the dangerous end.

Since to all intents and purposes the cops investigate themselves when they kill a drug dealer, it would seem like a very good idea not to engage in that career … er-in-koja

Human rights groups will have a good moan, then get ignored. The general public reaction will be a very loud, "Well done" to the coppers.

Want your dead body to be held at Kramatjati Hospital for repatriation?
Just be a Mangga dua drug dealer and it'll happen like magic.

Just to be clear, the police always very carefully investigate officers that kill drug dealers, very probably over a celebratory coffee in Starbucks, so don't deal drugs unless you want to die young.
What I'm saying here is nobody cares about dealers getting killed, and nobody is even slightly interested in investigating cops that kill them. … mangga-dua

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Police has shot dead a suspected heroin drug dealer on Wednesday evening, December 11, 2019. Further examination revealed that the suspect is a Pakistan citizen.

"The network is cross-country, Pakistan-Indonesia," said Chief of Public Relation Division of the Metro Jaya Police Senior Commissioner Yusri Yunus at the Metro Jaya Regional Police Headquarter on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Yusri explained that the suspect, identified as SH was initially arrested in at Mangga Dua Square area, Gunung Sahari Street, North Jakarta on Wednesday evening. During the arrest, the Police confiscated five kilograms of high grade heroin.

It was later discovered that the suspect has more narcotics stashed around the vicinity of Mangga Dua Square. The Police later ordered him to reveal the location of the storage. However, the suspect attempted to escape as they travel to the location.

"The suspect attempted to steal the weapon of an officer. With measured steps according to the standard operation procedure, the suspect was incapacitated with gunshot," Yusri explained.

SH was then rushed to a hospital but later died. His body is currently being stored at the Kramatjati Hospital in East Jakarta.

For "incapacitated", read "killed".

Just a note to the Jakarta police for helping clear the streets of scum - Thank you. :)

Hi Fred, what I have seen a lot lately on Facebook is people asking others to take packages for them. One "charity" even asks to take rescued dogs to new homes overseas (why the hell would you do this??)

I keep saying in response anyone taking any package or animal for a stranger must be mad! Easy way to scam people into being mules.

I've seen forum posts here, usually from low post count members, asking for help taking a package cross border. I always remove the post as the action is potentially so dangerous to anyone that takes an unknown item into another country.
As for animals, some people love them to extremes but, as a cynic, I tend to wonder if they were using the animals or their cages to hide drugs.

The police finish off another dealer … ystal-meth

Greed takes away their common sense to the point they're willing to risk getting killed.

Drug dealing in Indonesia is great ... if you're suicidal.

A lot of dealers are trying to escape by stealing copper's guns, then get shot dead.
Did it happen as the cops explained? Nobody who matters cares so we'll never know.
The long and the short, dealing here is likely to get you killed so it's better you forget the idea. … al-jakarta

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The police shot dead a suspected drug lord as he evaded arrest in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.

"The suspect, identified as Herry Ignatius, 49, resisted arrest and attempted to grab a firearm from a police officer and flee by kicking the police officer before he took stern action," Vice Director of Drug Detective of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Adjunct Chief Commissioner Sapta stated on Saturday.

Some people are willing to risk everything for a quick buck ,funny how the guy at the top never gets caught

3 more dead dealers. … -by-police

The cops shot the dealers dead - Given the criminals opened fire first, I don't see the slightest problem with dispatching them.

The cops aren't playing around, as I saw with a drug bust outside my house. The cops were plain and simple, telling the dealer he would be shot and killed unless he stopped resisting.
Also, the cops went to the estate agent that rents out the properties, so his family were kicked out of the house. No arguments, no messing around - Just dumped without notice.
Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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