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A joint police team from Denpasar Polsek and Counter Transnational and Organized Crime (CTOC) arrested a Frenchman, S. P., 44, at his home on Jalan Danau Tondano, South Denpasar on Friday. He was detained as a suspected drug dealer.

“He works as a garden consultant, but we believe he is a drug dealer,” said the Head of Denpasar Police, Commissioner Ruddi Setiawan to on Monday.

Ruddi said that the case began when several residents reported to the police that a foreigner was dealing drugs from a villa on Jalan Danau Tondano. The joint team monitored the house and investigated the situation. On Friday at around 6.30pm, the police saw the suspect passing through Jalan Danau Tondano and stopped him, but after police searched the man they couldn’t find anything suspicious. “Then we brought him to the villa,” Ruddi added.

Police searched the villa and found six packages of marijuana with a net weight of 32.89 grams, two packages of hashish with a net weight of 15.83 grams, a package of meth with a net weight of 0.52 grams, a bong, an electric scale and plastic clips. When he was questioned, he admitted that the drugs were his and he got them from someone on Gili Air, Lombok. He claimed he bought the goods there and brought them to Bali. He admitted that he consumed the illicit drugs as a painkiller because his leg was broken on July 2018. He also said that he came to Bali with a social cultural visa.

“According to his statement, the suspect bought the drugs for Rp 8.7 million. He took a fast boat from Padangbai, Karangasem to Gili Air, Lombok to buy the drugs. After that, he came back to Bali and stored them in his villa room,” Ruddi explained and also said that his side is still investigating the case further.

“I hope we can uncover his network in the near future,” he concluded.