Bali jails Frenchman caught with $63,000 worth of cocaine
Published on Apr 28, 2014 6:37 PM
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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