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Indian man in Indonesia jailed for 14 years for drug smuggling

Indian man in Indonesia jailed for 14 years

Denpasar, March 29 (UITV)- An Indian national Sayed Mohammed Said was jailed for 14 years by Denpasar District Court for attempting to smuggle crystal methamphetamine into the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

The 30-year-old was arrested with 1.5 kilograms of the narcotics hidden inside his luggage when arrived at Bali airport from Bangkok on September 5 last year. Custom officers at airport noticed a suspicious package as his luggage passes through the x-ray machine. Custom officers then found a plastic bag of crystal methamphetamine wrapped in black tape.

Sayed Mohammed claimed that the package belonged to his friend and he didn’t know that it contained drug. But after proper investigation he was found guilty at a court in the Balinese capital Denpasar, and a judge handed down the 14-year sentence. The Judge said the court also handed down USD 75,000 fine on the Sayed, or an additional three months imprisonment if he fails to make the payment.

After the arrest, Bali police officers investigated the case and nabbed two Indonesians as part of the case, Agus Supriyadi and Rudy Supriyanto. The court sentenced both Rudy and Agus to 14 years and 12 years in jail, respectively.

The Prison term was lighter than the prosecutor’s demand of 20 years in jail and he also escaped a possible death penalty, as Indonesia has some of the world’s toughest anti-narcotics laws.

The defendant’s lawyer said that his client was still considering whether to appeal the verdict.