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Aussie woman a pot dealer?

By wordworker ·
Has the world gone daft? An Australian woman is getting 20 years in prison from an Indonesian court for bringing pot into the country. She says the stuff was planted in her luggage.

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by Oz_Media In reply to Aussie woman a pot dealer ...

A fiew views.

1) If she actually did try to smuggle the drugs in, that's a pretty steep sentence even for 9 pounds of marijuana with a pathetic street value that is not much higher then the minimal fine she got too.

2) In most countries, such a 'set-up' complaint is easily dismissed via security cameras etc. I don't think they have quite the same security there so it is very likely as it would be very effective (as shown in this specific case) Posession is 9 tenths of the law.

But I don't get the part about some prisoner vouching for her, that doesn't really make sense, why would they try and use THAT? I would be interested in finding out more abou THIS story than hers, what exactly WAS dismissed?

Still....20 YEARS? Nasty!

Perhaps another one of those people that spends 20 years in jail (and in this case a rotten one at that)for a crime they didn't commit. Just like the hundreds of convicted killers that have been released after more than a dozen years behind bars due to a mistake or crooked detective.

This is the main reason I oppose the death sentence, until we can be 100% positive and not just proven beyond a REASONABLE doubt, what a loose term that is.

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I just saw this on television two minutes ago

by stress junkie In reply to Aussie woman a pot dealer ...

I don't understand why they didn't just deport her and tell her not to return. Maybe they want to make an example of her to deter others from bringing drugs into the country. I'd like to know more facts in the case. She certainly doesn't look like a drug smuggler.

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Agree with your point but...

by Oz_Media In reply to I just saw this on televi ...

What does a drug smuggler look like?

Remember we are talking about one trying to move drugs to another country and not just a local street dealer. Do you think they would EVER "look the type?"

Coming from a city of blue suited executives that smoke pot in public during lunch and in the bars after work, leads to the realization that you just never know.

It does sound quite possible she is being a scape goat on this one though.

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The lesson is...

by Black Panther In reply to Agree with your point but ...

Lock ALL of your luggage... and think twice before going to such countries.

**What is the maximum sentance the American judicial system has for drug smuggling**

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That will not work in the US

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to The lesson is...

As locks are cut off the baggage. Currently if you even so much as suspect that your baggage has been tampered with you shouldn't even touch it but call an official over and ask them to get the proper authorities to examine you baggage to make sure that it hasn't been tampered with.

Once you pick it up you are responsible for the contents. Currently here all baggage is being plastic wrapped at the airports before being handed in at the baggage collection points but this only gives you a false sense of security as someone could unwrap it put something in or remove something and re wrap it after you have handed it in.

I remember on one occasion when I returned from Europe one of my bags came out looking as if it had been through a meat grinder with bits of clothing hanging out every where the locks and handles missing and 2 big cable ties holding it together, there was a note on it claiming that it had been damaged while in transit and to contact the airline for compensation. As it was a long time prior to 9-11 it wasn't an issue but today I would be leaving it on the conveyor belt and asking a customs official to inspect it prior to even handling it.

Col ]:)

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Not to mention all the theft from luggage now

by jdclyde In reply to That will not work in the ...

there has been a few stories lately about cameras, laptops and jewelry coming up missing out of luggage. As it is getting x-rayed, security knows what is in them and knows what bags to go through.

a bag of drugs would also show up at this time if it had already been there so this SHOULD not have been able to have happened as she would never had gotten ON the plane without an inspection!

Doesn't make sence that it gets found coming off the plane instead of going on with everyone looking for bombs.

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In this case

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Not to mention all the th ...

I believe that she boarded a plane in Brisbane and flew to Sydney where she transfered to an international flight to Bali.

Now effectively her luggage was out of her control from Brisbane as from what I understand it was transfered to the international flight direct from the domestic aircraft in Sydney but maybe she boarded an aircraft at Cooloongata flew to Brisbane and then onto Sydney. No matter what though she lost control of her baggage from at the very least Brisbane where the inspections are fairly strict and I just about have to get half undressed to even enter that airport. Last time I was there seeing someone off I had to empty my pockets remove my belt buckle and lighter holder from my belt along with the Zipo Lighter and then my shoes as that have some metal in them.

Now what the Government here would have you believe is that with this level of inspection here the baggage isn't inspected and the highly trained drug & bomb sniffing dogs must have been on holiday that day or at the very least on a meal break {N B L.} At the very least the baggage should have been checked at Brisbane and Sydney airports and even twice at the Sydney Airport when it was off loaded from the domestic flight and again prior to being loaded onto the international flight. Now even if this person was smuggling drugs she should have been picked up long before she even got near the International Aircraft and if she was prepared to carry this amount of drugs to Bali what would have happened if she had other intentions?

At the very least it makes a total joke of airport security.

Col ]:)

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So how does a drug smuggler look???

by sleepin'dawg In reply to I just saw this on televi ...

If you were behind a drug smuggling ring wouldn't you use the mules who least looked like a drug smuggler???

Most travel advisory books warn people to never let their luggage out of their sight and control.

All travelers should be aware that when you enter a foreign country you are under that countries laws, not those of your own. These laws may be much stricter and reactionary than your own.
There are still countries in the world whose laws advocate chopping off the hands of petty thieves.

9 pounds of grass seems like a lot of grass to be unaware of. I could understand a pound or two but 9 is a bit over the top. I don't know about her but I would have noticed that excess weight immediately; it would be like someone added a 10 pound bag of potatoes to my bags. Not to mention the space that it takes up. 9 pounds of grass would require more space than 10 pounds of spuds.

These were the questions I asked when I first read the story. The girl might be innocent but she'll never win any awards for being observant or intelligent.

Dawg ]:)

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I didn't think she was carrying it

by Oz_Media In reply to So how does a drug smuggl ...

I got the sense that perhapse customs had stopped her bag at the airport in Bali after coming off a flight from Australia. She has accused baggage handlers of planting it (bad pun).

I got the impression that someone (a baggage handler) had planted it during or prior to loading the baggage on the aircraft and it was found by Bali customs.

In this case, the guys at the airport could be shipping tonnes with a lower risk of it coming back on them if it is stopped because it is 'technically' someone elses and Bali customs will just immediately charge the person who it is associated with.

Or was it explained otherwise and I just missed it?

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The defense was that

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I didn't think she was ca ...

Baggage handlers in AU had inserted it from Brisbane and it was supposed to have been removed in Sydney prior to it getting transfered to the international terminal but for some reason it wasn't removed.

On the same day that she left AU for this trip several KG's of Heroin where picked up coming into the country and being removed by baggage handlers prior to it going through customs. But charges where not brought against some of the people concerned until about 6 months latter as there is an ongoing investigation running.

Col ]:)

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