A BRIT is facing the death penalty in Bali after being accused of smuggling drugs into the country, Indonesian officials say.
The 45-year-old man, who has not been named, was collared after he received a package containing bottles of cannabis oil from Thailand, it is claimed.
The man appeared at a Bali police station on Thursday alongside four other foreign men accused of trafficking drugs.
His initials were given as PMH and he is reportedly a designer from England.
The other men paraded for the cameras were from China, Germany, Malaysia and Peru.
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The man, who has only been identified as PMH, is reportedly a designer from EnglandAll five were arrested separately over the past fortnight and were made to wear orange jumpsuits and black masks during the press conference.
Indonesia has strict drug laws, and it routinely executes people convicted of smuggling or dealing.
Local media said the Brit was arrested after a package from Thailand was intercepted at a post office in Renon, Bali, on November 30.
Police claim the package was addressed to the British man, and an X-ray revealed that it contained two bottles with a yellowish, thick liquid, Merdeka reports.
The liquid, weighing over 30kg, was tested and it was confirmed to be cannabis, according to Balinese cops.
CBD cannabis oil is a substance extracted from the cannabis plant by steam distillation.
Cannabis oil is usually consumed orally, and has a very distinct taste.
This low-concentrate version of the oil is available to buy in the UK and is not illegal.
Products in the UK are required to contain less than 0.05% THC.
THC (or Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component in cannabis that makes users feel “high”.
There have been high profile calls for higher concentration oil to be made legal.
Cannabis oil can be beneficial in a variety of ways, from helping promote sleep to boosting appetite and reducing stress, anxiety and depression.
It is also said to have skincare benefits, such as preventing signs of ageing and protecting against eczema and psoriasis, so can also be applied to the surface of the skin.
Doctors in England, Wales and Scotland have been able to prescribe cannabis-derived medicine from November 1, 2018.
Earlier this year Holland and Barrett recently started stocking Dutch brand Jacob Hooy’s CBD (cannabidiol) oil.
They advise on their packaging: “CBD+ Oil has a ‘distinctive’ taste – have a small drink of water after taking the oil and the taste will be gone within 30 seconds.”
Officers said the package was sent by someone with the initials HP.
The 44-year-old Peruvian national, named as Jorge Rafael Albornoz Gammara, was arrested after he arrived at Ngurah Rai international airport from Dubai last week.
He was hiding 4.08 kilograms of cocaine inside the interior of his luggage, AFP reported.
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Frank Zeidler, 56, of Germany, is accused of smuggling 2.1 kilograms of hashish inside his luggage on a flight from Bangkok.
Cui Bao Lin, 29, from China was arrested at the airport on Saturday with more than 200 ecstasy pills and more than 160 grams of ketamine found in his bag, police said.
Hamdi Izham Hakimi, from Malaysia, was arrested the same day with a bag containing nearly 15 grams of marijuana and 11 ecstasy pills, according to authorities.
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