Russian Arrested for Dealing Cocaine on the Streets of Kuta

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A Russian man was arrested in April for allegedly dealing cocaine in Bali’s famous tourist spot, Kuta.

A press conference held on Wednesday revealed that the Russian, 44-year-old Vladimir Rybnokov Aleksandrovich, was caught by local police in front of the Miranda Star Shop on Jl. Majapahit on April 27 with three packets of cocaine in his pant pocket.

Kuta Police then searched Vladimir’s home at Bali View Apartment and found a book with two more packets of cocaine inside. The total amount of cocaine confiscated from Vladimir was four grams.

Police said the suspect had also been living in Bali for a few years and had overstayed his visa. “He appears to be a dealer. He has been in Bali for almost six years and has overstayed. His work is unclear. He confessed to buying from local people here, but he does not want to honestly say where exactly he got the goods,” Kuta Police Comr. I Nyoman Wirajaya said during the press conference.

The 44-year-old will be charged with violating Law no. 35 year 2009, which carries a minimum sentence of four years prison and a maximum of 12 years. The police are still investigating the Russian to try and find out where the drugs came from.

Source: Coconuts

Photo courtesy of kumparan.com

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