Interpol on Bali ‘drug mule’ case

the Telegraph on March 27, 2012 released the following:

“INDONESIAN authorities who arrested an Australian man on drugs charges in Bali have referred the case to Interpol.

Authorities are convinced Edward Myatt is a mule for a larger drug-smuggling syndicate.

Mr Myatt was arrested on February 27 at Ngurah Rai Airport after he was allegedly caught trying to smuggle 1.1kg of hashish and more than four grams of methamphetamines into Bali in his stomach.

Police yesterday said they planned to hand Mr Myatt over to prosecutors within weeks.

The 54-year-old, who could face the death penalty, will then be transferred from police headquarters in Denpasar to the notorious Kerobokan jail.

Authorities were working with Interpol in an attempt to establish links between Mr Myatt and an international drug-smuggling syndicate.

The head of the Bali drugs squad, Mulyadi, said that investigators did not believe Mr Myatt’s claim that he was working alone.

“We are co-ordinating with Interpol. We have sent his data to them.”

Authorities suspect Mr Myatt, who has visited Bali on at least five other occasions, had made similar drug runs in the past.

Mr Myatt has allegedly told investigators he bought the drugs, which have an estimated street value of $70,000, in Delhi from a man known as “Dr Steve”.

He then separated the drugs into smaller quantities and wrapped them in 72 plastic casings at his hotel before swallowing them and travelling to Bali, he said.

The Ballarat-born man has also allegedly told police he planned to use some of the drugs and sell the rest.

It is expected he will be charged under three separate articles of Indonesia’s anti-drugs laws, including possession, trafficking and distributing narcotics, which could put him in front of a firing squad if he is convicted.

While Mr Myatt was born in Ballarat, it is understood he has lived in the UK for a number of years. He has provided police with addresses in Balwyn, Melbourne and Yorkshire in England.”

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