Australian Joshua Baker Arrested at Bali Airport Over Marijuana

An Australian man has been detained in Bali after a small amount of marijuana and anti-depressants were allegedly found in his luggage.

Joshua James Baker in custody in Bali with the alleged drugs found on him. Photos: Supplied

The head of customs at the airport, Budi Harjanto, said 32-year-old Joshua James Baker was detained after a plastic bag containing the drugs was found in his luggage.

Police confirmed he tried to escape from custody before being recaptured. He escaped when asked if he could use the bathroom. MBaker was later arrested at a Kuta hotel.

The Queenslander was first taken into custody on Sunday when Bali customs officers became suspicious of his luggage as it went through airport security.

After searching his bags, officers found 36 grams of marijuana mixed with tobacco and 37 Diazepam pills.

“He went through the Customs like other passengers. We felt suspicious when his luggage passed through the custom’s X-Ray. When we checked, we found the drugs inside his bag,” Ngurah Rai Customs and Excise chief Budi Harjanto said.

Harjanto said Baker had told officials he was traveling to Bali for a holiday.

“The Australian was coming for a holiday, but he brought pills. It’s like an anti-depressant pill but we are still investigating. We will check it in the laboratory,” he said.

He added that police are yet to officially interview Baker.



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