Four tourists face potential death penalty for smuggling cocaine

Four tourists, including a Russian beautician, face potential death penalty for smuggling cocaine into Bali

  • A Russian beautician, a Frenchman and two Thai women were arrested in Bali 
  • They could face death by firing squad for smuggling crystal meth and cocaine
  •  Tatiana Firsova, from Russia, arrested after drugs were found hidden in phone 

Four tourists could face the death penalty for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine and crystal meth into the resort island of Bali.

The head of customs at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport in Indonesia said a Russian beautician, a Frenchman and two Thai women were arrested earlier this month.

The four tourists, wearing orange prison suits, were paraded in front of reporters on Monday – and have been warned they could face a lengthy prison sentence or even death by firing squad.

The Russian beautician – identified as 37-year-old Tatiana Firsova – could be jailed for 15 years if she is convicted of hiding 6.6grams of Class A drugs in her mobile.

The head of customs at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport in Indonesia said a Russian beautician, a Frenchman and two Thai women were arrested earlier this month

Local media claim was stopped by airport staff at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport who scanned her phone and found cocaine concealed in a small transparent tube.

The two Thai nationals – identified as Kasarin Khamkhao and Sanicha Maneetes – arrived on a flight from Bangkok where airport officials found nearly a kilogram of methamphetamine hidden under their clothes.

The pair — a janitor and an operator of a motorcycle rental shop in Thailand — could face a firing squad if they are convicted in the Muslim majority nation, which has some of the world’s toughest drug laws.

Frenchman Olivier Jover was arrested in Bali after a package sent from his home country containing some 22.5 grams of cocaine arrived at the airport with his address on it, according to authorities.

The Russian beautician – identified as 37-year-old Tatiana Firsova – could be jailed for 15 years if she is convicted of hiding 6.6grams of Class A drugs in her mobile

Frenchman Olivier Jover was arrested in Bali after a package sent from his home country containing some 22.5 grams of cocaine arrived at the airport with his address on it

The two Thai nationals – identified as Kasarin Khamkhao and Sanicha Maneetes – arrived on a flight from Bangkok where airport officials found nearly a kilogram of methamphetamine hidden under their clothes


Local media claim Firsova (left) was stopped by airport staff at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport who scanned her phone and found cocaine concealed in a small transparent tube

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws, and convicted smugglers are sometimes executed.

More than 150 people are currently on death row, mostly for drug crimes. About one-third of them are foreigners.

In May, a Frenchman was sentenced to death on Lombok, an island next to Bali, for smuggling 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) of ecstasy. 

Last Wednesday, a court in Bali sentenced two Thais to 16-year jail terms for smuggling 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine.    

The four tourists dressed in orange prison suits were paraded in front of reporters on Monday


They have been warned they could face a lengthy prison sentence or even death by firing squad

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