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Bali jails Frenchman caught with $63,000 worth of cocaine

Published on Apr 28, 2014 6:37 PM
 
Drug suspect Thierry Verchere of France walks to a holding cell at a court in Denpasar on Bali island, on April 21, 2014. The Frenchman, who was caught with almost US$50,000 (S$62,812) worth of cocaine on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, was jailed for 10 months on Monday, April 28, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) - A Frenchman caught with almost US$50,000 (S$62,812) worth of cocaine on the Indonesian resort island of Bali was jailed for 10 months on Monday.

Thierry Verchere, 46, was found with the drugs in January during a police raid on a house in the Balinese capital of Denpasar. Officers discovered plastic bags and capsules containing 112 grammes of the drug, with an estimated street value of 560 million rupiah (S$61,600), according to police.

He was found guilty of drug abuse, which carries a far lighter sentence than possession or smuggling. Prosecutors recommended a one-year sentence but a Denpasar court handed him a 10-month term as he was a first-time offender and confessed to the crime.

"His action was contrary to the government's anti-narcotics programme," said presiding Judge Parulian Saragih.

 
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