Singaporean nabbed for drug trafficking in Bali

Singaporean Muhammad Faliq Nordin being escorted by customs security officers to a conference room where a media briefing was held jointly by police and customs office.
Singaporean Muhammad Faliq Nordin being escorted by customs security officers to a conference room where a media briefing was held jointly by police and customs office.PHOTO: ZUL ELDORADO

JAKARTA - A Singaporean, working illegally as a deejay in Bali, has been arrested for drug trafficking in the popular resort island in Indonesia, said local anti-narcotics authorities on Monday (Sept 19).

Muhammad Faliq Nordin, 32, was nabbed during a sting operation on Sept 10, after he picked up two packages at a local post office in the capital city of Denpasar.

The packages, which arrived separately from the Netherlands on Aug 29 and Sept 9, contained a total of 100.2g of methamphetamine, better known by its street name, crystal meth, and 30.3g of cocaine, said local customs and excise authorities.

According to Mr Syarif Hidayat, who heads the customs and excise office for Bali, Nusa Tenggara Barat and Nusa Tenggara Timur, the drugs have an estimated street value of 225 million rupiah.

"The illicit drugs were hidden in ceramic cups and filled over with candle," he added, describing how the drugs were masked in the packages.

Bali police director for narcotics Franky H. Parapet said Faliq had confessed that he was going to deliver the packages to a British friend identified as Kubo Raum.

"The suspect went to the post office carrying a proxy letter signed by Kubo Raum to pick up the package, he was also carrying Kubo Raum's passport," said Mr Franky, adding that the police are not searching for Kubo, who is at large.

Bali provincial police spokesman Colonel Anak Agung Made Sudana said Faliq is the first Singaporean arrested in Bali for drug trafficking offences.

Faliq has been living in Bali for the last four to six months under a tourist visa, and he had worked as a deejay, said Mr Franky.

He had also deejayed in the Philippines and Thailand recently and claimed he did not know what was in the packages and was collecting them as a favour for Kubo, whom he befriended about two to three months ago.

Mr Franky added that initial investigations indicate that Faliq was operating as a "drug-courier".

Indonesian law differentiates between a drug-user, -courier and -dealer, with the latter typically receiving the maximum death sentence if found guilty.

The amount of drugs seized during Faliq's arrest does not carry the death sentence, but if found guilty, he could still be jailed for life.

Indonesia has a tough anti-drug policy and the Joko Widodo government has stepped up executions of drug convicts in recent years, including several foreigners.