Mark Forbes, Jakarta - November 22, 2006
Australian arrested for drug possession in Bali
AN AUSTRALIAN arrested on drug charges in Bali is facing up to
five years' imprisonment.
Michelle Condon, 35, from Port Melbourne, was apprehended
carrying 0.2 grams of "shabu shabu", or crystal methamphetamine,
police in Denpasar alleged yesterday.
A police spokesman said Condon was a regular visitor to Bali who
sang in bars around Kuta Beach. She was detained after being
searched by police in Denpasar last Thursday.
The spokesman said police found the drugs wrapped in tissue
paper inside her belt bag.
Indications were that Condon was a user, not a dealer, police
said, and she had admitted ownership of the drugs.
An emotional Condon cried during questioning and screamed abuse
at photographers as she was escorted through Bali's police
She has been charged with drug possession offences that carry a
maximum penalty of five years.
However, if she pleads that they were for personal use and she
was addicted, she could receive a three-month penalty as did
model Michelle Leslie for ecstasy possession last year.
Condon is the latest in a string of Australians apprehended on
drugs charges in Bali, despite widespread publicity about
anti-drugs crackdowns. If found guilty, she would join convicted
marijuana smuggler Schapelle Corby and members of the Bali nine
heroin smuggling syndicate in Bali's Kerobokan prison.
Corby is serving 20 years for importing four kilograms of
marijuana into Denpasar. Of the Bali nine, six are on death row,
two are serving life sentences and the other a 20-year term.