Redcar woman arrested in Bali

Lindsay June Sandiford has been arrested in Bali after allegedly attempting to smuggle 4.8kg of cocaine onto the island.

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Redcar woman may escape death penalty

Indonesian customs officials have said that a Redcar woman who was arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling could be spared the death penalty.

Lindsay Sandiford, 55, was allegedly caught with 4.8 kilos of cocaine in her suitcase on arrival at Bali Ngurah International Airport on May 19.

It's estimated the haul had a street value of around £1.6 million.

Made Wijaya, a Bali customs agent, initially said the punishment for drug smuggling is usually a death sentence.

But officials have said that Mrs Sandiford may escape the death penalty because she helped catch three other members of a suspected drug trafficking ring.

Three Britons and an Indian man were also arrested.

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Redcar woman arrested over drug smuggling allegations

A 55-year-old British woman could face the death penalty in Indonesia after she was arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 4kg of cocaine into Bali.

Customs officers named the woman as Lindsay June Sandiford from Redcar on Teesside.

The woman was arrested at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport on May 19 after arriving on a flight from Bangkok. It is understood another two British nationals have also been arrested, along with a person travelling on an Indian passport.

After weighing, the total cocaine is 4.791kg. This is a big international network. The charge against them would carry the death penalty.

– Made Wijaya, Head of Customs, Bali Airport, speaking to AAP News Agency