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Drug arrest Briton pleads for help

A British woman facing the death penalty after being arrested over a £1.6 million cocaine haul has pleaded for help from behind bars in an Indonesian jail.

Rachel Dougall claims she was the victim of a "fit-up" after she was detained by police in Bali.

British housewife Lindsay Sandiford Credit: PA

It follows the arrest of British housewife Lindsay Sandiford who was allegedly caught with 4.8kg of the drug stuffed in the lining of a suitcase.

She agreed to take part in a sting operation in which police swooped on four other suspects after her arrest last week.

Customs officials told ITV News that Mrs Sandiford may be spared the death sentence because she helped to catch three other members of the smuggling operation, who could face a firing squad


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Briton accused of drug smuggling could avoid death penalty

When an airport customs officer found Lindsey Sandiford with what is believed to be almost five kilos of cocaine hidden in a suitcase, she is said to have co-operated with officials. It is claimed she lead the police to the other British suspects.

The customs chief told me because she helped, she could avoid the death penalty. He said:

Mrs Lindsey [was] finally very, very co-operative with us, she [told] us everything. She helped us, so should be a big consideration from the judge


Expert: Drug traffickers 'more likely to enlist western tourists'

A lecturer in criminology has said that drug traffickers are now more likely to enlist western tourists because they do not fit the stereotype of a drug mule. Jennifer Fleetwood, a University of Kent expert in drug mules and the drug trade said:

Nowadays, traffickers are more likely to employ pensioners, teenagers and western tourists in the hope of evading detection.

A significant minority of drug mules are coerced or threatened into the risky business carrying drugs across borders.

Furthermore, few drug mules know where they are travelling to or what they will carry until the last minute. By then, it is impossible to back out.

According to Prisoners Abroad, around 1,000 Britons are imprisoned overseas, mainly for drugs offences.

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