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New Zealand woman may face jail in Bali drugs case

AFP-JIJI

A New Zealand woman caught with drugs on Bali will be charged with hash possession and could face up to 12 years in jail, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Leeza Ormsby, 37, was detained in February after police raided her villa in the tourist area of Kuta on the Indonesian resort island.

Officers found a half-smoked hash joint in her bag, as well as 27 grams (almost an ounce) of hash and ecstasy pills weighing 132 grams in a cupboard.

However, prosecutor Ni Luh Putu Oka Ariani said Ormsby would only be charged with possession and misuse of the small amount of hash found in her bag.

Prosecutors aim to formally charge her in court in June, she added.

“The penalty is a minimum of four years and maximum 12 years in jail,” Ariani said after interrogating Ormsby for two hours.

She said that police had not included the other drugs in the evidence submitted to prosecutors, and they were part of a separate investigation.

Foreigners regularly get caught with illegal drugs in Indonesia, particularly on the hard-partying holiday island of Bali, and some are on death row.

British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death last year after being found with $2.4 million worth of cocaine in her luggage as she arrived in Bali.

The case of drug trafficker Schapelle Corby, who spent more than nine years behind bars for smuggling marijuana into Bali, received huge attention in her native Australia. She was released on bail in February.