Brazilian student apprehended at Bali airport for bringing marijuana from Thailand

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A Brazilian nationwide was arrested upon arriving on the Bali airport final week after authorities caught him having 9.1 grams of marijuana in his possession. 

He confessed that he purchased the psychedelic buds in Thailand, the place weed has been decriminalized, however didn’t know that Indonesia nonetheless enforces harsh penalties for drug possession.

In what could be described as a “bruh second”, the 25-year-old Brazilian pupil, recognized by his initials ASG, was arrested upon his arrival on the Ngurah Rai Worldwide Airport on Tuesday final week.

ASG flew to Indonesia on an AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur at round 8pm. He was apprehended after airport authorities grew suspicious when his baggage handed by means of the X-ray machine.

After checking by means of his belongings, airport safety discovered 4 packages labeled “SUPERMAO” (actually means ‘tremendous drunk’ or ‘tremendous excessive’ in Thai language) containing marijuana.

“Based mostly on his confession, he obtained these illicit items by buying them in Thailand as a result of he lived in Thailand earlier than and they’re for his personal consumption. The suspect didn’t know that in Indonesia, it’s forbidden to herald marijuana,” Ngurah Rai Airport Police Drug Enforcement Unit Chief I Kadek Darmawan Mentioned mentioned.

ASG has been charged with importing and possession of a Class I unlawful narcotic, which incorporates marijuana, below Indonesia’s Narcotics Regulation. He might withstand 15 years behind bars and pay a advantageous of as much as IDR10 billion (US$667,022).

Whereas Thailand not too long ago introduced new guidelines relating to marijuana (Coconuts Bangkok has reported extensively on this topic right here, right here, and right here), the plant remains to be categorically unlawful in Indonesia.

There have, nevertheless, been talks among the many authorities to at the very least evaluate using marijuana for medical practices. For now, simply don’t be silly sufficient to convey it right here, of us, and perhaps make a behavior of Googling the native legal guidelines of your vacation spot previous to departure.

The Thai airport authority advised Coconuts Bangkok final month that vacationers might fly domestically with weed following its decriminalization. On the identical day, Thailand’s well being ministry issued a bulletin that touring in or in a foreign country with any hashish or hemp merchandise was nonetheless unlawful.

Coconuts Bangkok has reached out to Thailand’s airport authority for remark relating to ASG’s arrest in Bali.

Editor’s Notice: This story has been up to date to incorporate particulars on Thailand’s laws on touring with marijuana in addition to some translation.

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