JAKARTA, Indonesia — Two Canadian women are facing four years’ jail in Indonesia after being arrested while allegedly smoking a marijuana joint during their holiday, police said Thursday.
The women, aged 31 and 30, were arrested in February on the eastern island of Lombok and remain in custody, police said.
“The two women were arrested in February while they were smoking cannabis,” Central Lombok police chief Suryanto told AFP.
He said the Canadians — kindergarten teachers on holiday — were in possession of 3.6 grams of cannabis when they were arrested in their hotel room.
Police had followed the women for several days before making the arrest.
“They will appear in court soon,” Suryanto said.
Indonesia categorizes marijuana as a dangerous substance on the same level as heroin.
A spokeswoman at the Canadian embassy in Jakarta said she could not comment on the arrests.
– Article from Canada.com on April 2, 2009.
Canadian Women Held In Indonesia On Pot Charges
by The Canadian Press
Two Canadians remain in custody in Indonesia more than a month after being arrested for possession of marijuana. The Department of Foreign Affairs says consular officials were informed of the arrest by Indonesian authorities in early February.
Spokeswoman Lisa Monette says consular officials are in contact with the two individuals and are offering “their assistance and support.” She declined further comments due to the privacy act.
The Jakarta Post reported that the arrested Canadians, two women, aged 31 and 30, were taken into custody on the eastern island of Lombok.
The English-language Indonesian newspaper says they are accused of being in possession of and using 3.6 grams of marijuana.
Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim country with tough anti-drug laws that do not distinguish between marijuana and harder drugs like heroin or cocaine.
– Article from The Toronto Star on April 2, 2009.