Frenchman arrested in Bali for alleged Firearms, drug possession

Rayan Jawad Hendri Bitar was arrested Monday after authorities discovered that a Blade Pistol Stabilizer and its magazine, a Makarov gun, a revolver, and ammunition in his rented home near Bali’s Kuta tourist region, said Bali police chief Putu Jayan Danu Putra.

Putra said officers also found two little plastic packs comprising 4.8 g (.17 oz ) of methamphetamine in Bitar’s home.

The arrest was based on a tip-off from neighboring residents who guessed that a foreigner was creating medication trades in the region, Putra explained.

“We’re still exploring how the defendant got those weapons and drugs,” he told reporters in a news conference. “No guns are permitted in Bali.”

Monday’s arrest is the next for Bitar in Bali. Putra said he had been detained on the island in 2014 with 3.14 g (.11 oz ) of cocaine in his pocket and sentenced to four months in prison after he managed to convince the judges that the cocaine was for his usage.

Indonesia has strict firearms and drug legislation, and condemned smugglers are usually implemented. Over 140 people are on death row, largely for drug offenses. Approximately a third of these are foreigners.