JAKARTA (BERNAMA) – Police in Indonesia’s Bali resort Island have arrested two Russian nationals for allegedly planting and selling marijuana, Xinhua news agency reported.
Lurii Chernov, aged 31, and Mishel Kvara Tsheliya, aged 27, were captured in Badung district’s area of Jimbaran, District Police Head Ruddi Setiawan said.
The police seized marijuana plants grown with hydroponic method in their rental houses, he said, adding that the suspects came to Bali in April 2018 and in July they got a marijuana plant from their Russian friend who is now still at large.
Under the country’s law, they could face 12 years in jail and a fine of up to RP2 billion (USD146,595), if convicted.
The government has declared a war against drugs as the nation is in a narcotic emergency due to rampant drug abuses among people.
Dozens of drug offenders, including foreigners, had faced firing squad for spreading narcotics in the country.