Sunday 24 September 2017

Mother faces death penalty over €2m cocaine arrest

Indonesia custom officers observe drug evidence as British citizen Lindsay Sandiford, left, covers her face during a press conference in Kuta, Bali. Photo: AP
Indonesia custom officers observe drug evidence as British citizen Lindsay Sandiford, left, covers her face during a press conference in Kuta, Bali. Photo: AP
Lindsay Sandiford is escorted by custom officers at custom office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Indonesian customs officers escort British citizen Lindsay Sandiford during a press conference in Kuta, Bali (AP)
Customs officials in Bali say Lindsay Sandiford was caught with cocaine in her bag (AP)

Martin Evans in London

A BRITISH mother of two is facing the death penalty in Indonesia after being arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle more than £1.6m (€2m) worth of cocaine into Bali in her luggage.

Lindsay Sandiford (55), pictured, was caught with 4.8kg of the drug in the lining of her suitcase as she landed on a flight from Bangkok.

Following her arrest, she agreed to take part in a "sting" operation which resulted in police arresting four other suspects including three Britons -- two men and a woman -- and an Indian.

The head of Bali's drugs squad said the two British men, who have not been named, were believed to be senior figures in a major drug-smuggling ring.

However, it was also claimed that Ms Sandiford is believed to haveinformed the police she only agreed to smuggle the drugs because her two sons, aged 22 and 24, were being threatened. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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