Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Drugs Not Mine, Says Accused

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Drugs Not Mine, Says Accused

Article excerpt

AN Australian man is facing a possible death penalty after being arrested at Bali airport with almost 2kg of the drug ice in his luggage.

Bali customs officials said the 43-year-old, identified as kickboxing trainer Michael Sacatides from Wentworthville in Sydney's west, arrived on an AirAsia flight from Bangkok yesterday morning.

"When passing through the x-ray officers became suspicious of a plastic bag in his luggage," customs official Bagus Endro Wibowo said.

"After checking, they found four packages of methamphetamine, with a total weight of 1.7kg."

The drugs Co worth an estimated $390,000 Co were concealed in a hidden compartment of the luggage, Bali airport customs head Bambang Wahyudi told reporters.

Sacatides denied the drugs were his, telling officials he had borrowed the bag from an Indian friend in Bangkok.

"When his friend found out Michael was travelling to Bali he offered him the suitcase," Wahyudi relayed.

"So Michael didn't know there were drugs in it. …

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