New Zealander gets 11 years in prison for possessing drugs

New Zealander gets 11 years in prison for possessing drugs
Guilty: A New Zealand citizen, Myra Lynna Williams, 27, gets two-and-a-half years in prison for drug abuse during a hearing at the Denpasar District Court on April 13.
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Balikpapan District Court of East Kalimantan sentenced New Zealand citizen Gregory John Harland White, 53, earlier this week to 11 years in jail and Rp 800 million (S$85,000) in fines for owning and consuming 29.7 grams of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as sabu-sabu.

Gregory, through his lawyer Yohannes Marokko, said on Sunday they have not decided whether or not to appeal the verdict.

Presiding Judge Purnomo Amin Cahyo said the defendant was proved to have controlled and provided methamphetamine as stipulated by Article 112 of Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics. Gregory pleaded guilty to all charges.

"The indictment points were met. He was proved as having controlled and stored 29.7 grams of crystal meth," Purnomo said.

Police arrested Harland in October 2016 at the Palm Hills housing complex, South Balikpapan, and confiscated 29.7 grams of crystal meth, a digital scale as well as a car.

Harland brought the methamphetamine from Malaysia via sea into Batam and brought it to Balikpapan by plane. Before he was arrested, Gregory successfully passed the examination at the airport by tying the drugs to his leg with black duct tape.

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