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Russian Man Sentenced to 17 Years For Carried Cannabis in Toothpaste Tubes

Roman Kalashnikov who was caught carrying 2.9 kilograms of cannabis infused toothpaste into Bali has been sentenced to 17 years in prison and fined to the amount of IDR 2 billion or four months additional imprisonment – if he doesn’t pay it.

Roman Kalashnikov of Russia escorted by security at the customs office near Ngurah Rai international airport in Denpasar on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on December 14, 2016

“The defendant has been proven guilty of importing narcotics in the form of hashish weighing 2.9 kilograms and violated Article 113 Paragraph 2 of Law Number 35 Year 2009 regarding narcotics,” said judge Partha Bhargawa at Denpasar State Court, on Monday (31/07), Seminyak Times reported.

The suspect’s politeness throughout the court session, admitting his guilt, and having no prior conviction played a part in the judge’s verdict. Both the public prosecutor and the defendant said they needed time to consider before accepting the sentencing.

The sentence is actually lighter than the 20 years that prosecutors had requested.

The Russian man could have actually been charged with the death penalty, which can be imposed under Indonesian law when violators are caught trafficking more than one kilogram of a type I narcotic.

The 29 year-old man was caught by immigration officers at Ngurah Rai Airport after flying from Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2016, carrying 2.9 kilograms of hashish. The hashish was found inside 25 tubes of toothpaste.

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