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NEWS: Nine Australians Arrested in Bali Heroin Bust.

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posted on Apr, 18 2005 @ 09:10 AM
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Nine Australians have been detained by Indonesian authorities at Bali airport, while waiting for a scheduled flight to Sydney, Australia. The nine accused comprise eight men and one woman. Indonesian authorities claim a total of 11.25kg of heroin had been seized. If convicted, the detainees could face the death penalty.
 



www.news.com.au
The four detained at the airport were allegedly found with plastic-wrapped packages of heroin – weighing between 2.4kg and 3.3kg – strapped to their legs and stomachs with brown masking tape.

The four allegedly carrying the drugs included two men from Brisbane, both aged 19, a 29-year-old man from Sydney and a 27-year-old woman from Sydney, according to reports.

Indonesian police said the woman had a drug package strapped under a dress.

Soon after, four other men were taken into custody at a Bali hotel – a 27-year-old Brisbane man, and three men from Sydney aged 18, 20 and 24, according to reports.

Colonel Sugiarto said one man had claimed prior to the search to have had a broken leg, which accounted for a bulge in his clothing.

But after questioning all allegedly confessed they had been carrying the drugs for their "boss".


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


I mean honestly, how did this group think they would get away with this? The only reason i can think of is that they are 'hardcore' heroin addicts. Therefore with the temptation of a 'bit of the action' for free, plus they were probably stoned when they attempted this would reduce the fear factor.

Related News Links:
www.abc.net.au
Aus' PM backs heroin bust

[edit on 18-4-2005 by sanctum]




posted on Apr, 18 2005 @ 02:43 PM
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They won't be making it home for sometime. They should have watched the movie Midnight Express---It made me leave stuff at home at vacation time.



posted on Apr, 18 2005 @ 03:29 PM
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you know you have a drug problem when.....


seriously, what better indication of either stupidity, desperation or out of control addiction than trying to attempt something like this?



posted on Apr, 18 2005 @ 03:31 PM
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was one of the ones arrested kano???

man...

i hope he is alright...





posted on Apr, 18 2005 @ 04:08 PM
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Heh, they deserve it.

Though it could help the Michelle Corby case, since she said she didn't have anything to do with heroin. Set up, maybe?



posted on Apr, 18 2005 @ 04:33 PM
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Originally posted by Xar Ke Zeth
Though it could help the Michelle Corby case, since she said she didn't have anything to do with heroin.


Xar Ke Zeth, i think you are reffering to the case of Schapelle Corby.

Sanc'.



posted on Apr, 18 2005 @ 04:38 PM
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Yeah, that's the one. Michelle, Schapelle, same thing. *shrugs*



posted on Apr, 18 2005 @ 04:39 PM
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All the more reason why stupidity should be painful. I'm kind of disappointed to hear that there were no anal cavity searches.
As for the death penalty, cheers to them. I hope they get it, junkies don't deserve their lives cause all they do is waste it.



posted on Apr, 18 2005 @ 05:03 PM
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they sure like to arrest australians alot for 'alleged drug possesion' honestly i dont believe their police one bit...



posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 08:23 AM
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Update.
Police declare nine as suspects.

"We have to make the punishment as harsh as possible," he told a news conference at Bali police headquarters, where the eight men and one woman are being questioned.

He also revised down the quantity of drugs seized in the Sunday raids at the airport and a Kuta hotel, where four of the nine were caught.

A net amount of 8.65kg of heroin had been recovered, he said.

Initially, Indonesian police said the gross weight of the drugs was 11.25kg.

Colonel Sugiarto reiterated allegations that Mr Chan, 21, of Sydney, was the 'godfather' of an alleged heroin importation ring with partners in Australia.
www.news.com.au..." target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow">Source

Bali accused claim families were threatened.

Indonesian police have revealed that at least three of the nine Australians accused of smuggling heroin claim they were forced to act under threat of harm to their families.

All have blamed their fellow accused, 21-year-old Andrew Chan.

The nine Australians are still in custody at police headquarters in Denpasar.Source


Pell appeals for 'Bali Nine' clemency.

Catholic Cardinal George Pell says he will appeal for clemency if any of the nine Australians arrested in Bali for drug smuggling are convicted and given the death penalty.

He also said he would be prepared to take their case to new Pope Benedict XVI.
"I don't know whether they are guilty or not but I am certainly prepared to do that (ask for clemency)," Cardinal Pell told ABC's 7.30 Report.
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7.30 Report.




I guess we will have to see what transpires as to this case.



posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 10:51 AM
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Federal agents raid alleged ringleader's family home.

Police raided the family home of Myuran Sukumaran, one of the Bali Nine, a day after the Indonesian authorities identified him as the leader of the drug-smuggling operation.

Six federal agents arrived at the 24-year-old's home in Auburn, western Sydney, and left with a large suitcase and several smaller items.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said the Australian end of the operation was aiming at the "Mr Bigs".

The Indonesian authorities have also seized four mobile phones from the ringleaders and asked Australian police for help to discover there passwords.
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As this is an ongoing case, i reserve comment.



posted on Apr, 27 2005 @ 11:36 AM
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Update
Police seek death for Bali Nine
By Ian McPhedran, Nick Butterly, Rhett Watson and Charles Miranda
April 28, 2005

Every member of the Bali Nine now faces the death penalty, after police uncovered more damning evidence against them.

It has emerged that the man identified as the plot's alleged kingpin, Myuran Sukumaran, was once employed in the Federal Government's passport office in Sydney.
It is understood Australian Federal Police are investigating links between Sukumaran, the passport office and the travel documents used by members of the drug smuggling ring.

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Indonesia calls in Australian Federal Police code breakers

Australian Federal Police (AFP) code breakers are expected to be called on to break the pin-number locks on mobile phones used by the alleged Bali heroin smugglers.

Indonesian police say the Bali accused were given mobile phones and told to ring a contact in Sydney when they arrived.

The head of Bali's drugs squad, Bambang Sugiarto, says the smugglers were told to contact a man with the codename "Mr P" to make arrangements to hand over the haul.

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Sanc'.



posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 10:07 AM
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Supplier of heroin shot dead.

Indonesian police say the man they suspect supplied heroin to the nine Australians in jail accused of drug smuggling has been killed in a shoot-out with police in Jakarta.

The country's national drug police say the suspect, Mann Singh Gali, was a Nepalese citizen living in Jakarta.

He had been wanted for involvement in a separate attempt to smuggle heroin from Jakarta to the United States on board a British Airways flight.

He was killed in the capital last night as police attempted to make an arrest.

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Well if this person was involved, the police just lost a major source of information.



posted on May, 6 2005 @ 10:51 AM
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Four more Australian arrests.

Mobile phones seized from the Bali Nine helped lead federal police to make the first Australian arrests yesterday, with four people accused of at least three previous successful heroin runs into the country.

More than 50 federal agents and Customs officers took part in 14 raids in Brisbane and Sydney yesterday morning based on police interrogations of the accused Bali heroin smugglers and numbers extracted from their phones.

and from the same article...

The lead AFP agent investigating the syndicate in Bali, Bruce Hill, said the investigation was close to making arrests at the top of the supply chain.

"We have a number of inquiries internationally with other law enforcement agencies," Mr Hill said.

"It's quite a large syndicate operating in the international area, so the syndicate itself could have been operating for many, many years," he said.

News.com.au

This is good news regarding the scale of the bust and keeping some heroin out of supply. But, if the Australian Federal Police are close to finding the 'Mr Big's' why would their syndicate use such crude techniques, such as 'mules' who were offered (in an Australian nightclub) a free holiday to Bali and a promise of cash?

Sanc'.



posted on May, 8 2005 @ 01:35 PM
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Bali nine linked to big drug syndicate.

Police have identified one of the world's biggest drug syndicates as the supplier of heroin to the nine Australians arrested in Bali.

Investigators are targeting the Asian-based Crescent Moon, which has been smuggling heroin from Burma for years.

Australian Federal Police agents investigating the syndicate's link to the nine Australians being held in Bali are confident the criminals behind it will soon be caught. Bruce Hill, head of a six-member team of federal police agents in Bali, said the syndicate was "well organised and well structured".

"It has been operating for some time," he said yesterday.

Mr Hill said police "have some very relevant avenues of inquiry" about the syndicate that had smuggled large quantities of heroin to many Western countries.

SMH

Sanc'.



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