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Aussie deported after drug term
A FORMER Adelaide school teacher jailed for heroin possession in Indonesia has been deported from Indonesia after completing a nine-month jail term.

Graham Clifford Payne, 20, was arrested in the the north Sumatra capital Medan last August after a routine street-search by police uncovered a small amount of crystal methamphetamine hidden in his pocket.

During a subsequent search of his nearby home, police found syringes and thousands of assorted prescription pills.

Traces of heroin were found in the syringes, while police alleged Payne also had heroin in his blood.

In December last year the Medan District Court sentenced the 22-year-old to eight months in jail for drug possession.

Lawyer Karle Sitanggang said said Payne was freed from jail today and immediately deported.

"The plan is to send him back to Australia today, although I don't know the detail," he said.

"He did not say much, only that he wanted to get back to Australia as soon as possible to be back with his family."

Local authorities said Payne would be flown home via Malaysia, which is a short flight from Medan across the Malacca Strait.

Payne was originally charged with heroin trafficking, which carries the death penalty in Indonesia.

But the charge was later downgraded after doctors testified Payne was a former drug addict who had the banned narcotics only for personal use.

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