Jeff Welton: Australians could face the death penalty for drug smuggling in Bali

An Australian is behind bars in Bali after he was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle heroin and methamphetamine into the island.

Jeff Welton – a diving instructor based in Bali – was arrested two weeks ago after being stopped by Indonesian police at Denpasar International Airport, where he had arrived on a flight from Vietnam.

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The Perth man was searched and authorities claim they found eight grams of heroin and a small amount of methamphetamine hidden in a condom hidden inside his body.

Welton is now behind bars at Bali’s National Narcotics Agency, where his lawyer says he’s shaking from drug withdrawal.

Dive instructor Jeff Welton could face the firing squad after he was allegedly caught smuggling drugs into Bali. Recognition: 7NEWS
Attorney Sienny Karmana told 7NEWS the drugs were for personal use. Recognition: 7NEWS

His attorney, Sienny Karmana, said Welton never intended to sell the drugs — instead, the drugs were for personal use to treat a 15-year addiction.

“He (brought) the heroin to Bali because he said he’s bringing the medicine he needs,” Karmana told 7NEWS, adding that Walton is a “heavy drug addict.”

“The doctor checks on him every time and gives him the substitution drug he needs for withdrawal symptoms.”

In Indonesia, proving Walton is an addict could be the key to his freedom.

His lawyers plan to advocate for Welton being treated in a rehabilitation center – not a prison cell in Bali.

Welton was charged with drug possession and importation. If found guilty, his lawyers say, Welton could face up to 20 years in prison and a possible death penalty.

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